Yesterday, Atari published a press release with details on the Ataribox project.
“Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” said the newsletter.
The images shown offered just a first look at the design and port selection of the upcoming console. The company intends to offer two variants – a black/wooden one and a black/red one.
We can see that there’s an ethernet port, HDMI, and an SD card slot – alongside 4 USB type-A ports.
“As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.” wrote the team in the newsletter.
If you’re wondering why this announcement is so light on details after the tease last month, here’s Atari’s response:
“We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!”
According to Vic Hood from Eurogamer, additional details have been found in a French note to investors last month – which indicate that this console is to be crowdfunded:
“To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note reads.
Is this going to be an Ouya or an Nvidia Shield? Only time will tell!
What are your favourite Atari memories? Are you excited for their new console?
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