Atari's 'PC technology-based' Ataribox will echo NES Classic


At the time, Atari's CEO Fred Chesnais proudly proclaimed "We're back in the hardware business", and we (along with a bunch of other people) thought that the new console, with its sleek retro wooden looks, gave off a distinct NES Classic Mini vibe. It would be utterly excellent to have something that came with a bundle of classics but also got some new games too. It includes an HDMI port, 4 USB ports and an SD memory card slot.

Unlike recent nostalgia-baiting microconsoles from Atari's age-old rival Nintendo, Ataribox is capable of delivering "current gaming content" and classic games, according to the newsletter.

But Atari have done things the other way round and now the only thing we really know about the Ataribox (yes, that's really what it's called) is that the case looks really cool. A model with a classic wood-fronted design, and a sleeker, but still retro-chic, red and black edition. "As you can guess", says the newsletter, "those ports suggest modern internal specs", whatever that means.

Atari's toe in nostalgic gaming's money-printing waters, teased in a late spring video, is a pint-sized vamp on its Atari 2600, the 1977 video games console that more or less defined the term and set the table for the likes of Nintendo, Sega, Sony and beyond.

As said, more information about the Ataribox console will be shared later on. So, we can expect to see brand new licensed games for the console, although we doubt that we'll be seeing anything approaching Xbox One X- or PlayStation 4 Pro-level graphics here.

Atari knows fans want more details, unfortunately, they are not prepared to disclose them. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", reads an Atari statement.