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Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

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Velma Reese | 17 July, 2017, 16:20

Well, as spotted by The Verge, Atari has now revealed a smidgeon more information on its mysterious new console, alongside a couple of hints as to what it will actually do. Could this result in a console similar to the myriad of Android boxes such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield TV or akin to Nintendo's retro efforts like the SNES or NES Classic? At this point, it's unsure what Atari means with the latter, but more information will be revealed in the near future. Clearly inspired by the Atari 2600, the design is a attractive modern reboot of that console.

Previous comments made by Atari's current CEO Fred Chesnais teased that Ataribox runs on PC technology.

"Our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari." says the newsletter of the device, which houses four USB slots, SD-card support and a HDMI socket.

Taking its cues from the Atari 2600, the company is planning on releasing two versions of the machine - one with the classic black and wood panelling design, and another with red accents. For example, you will be able to order an Ataribox with a wooden front panel, and the ribbed lines along the top of the casing definitely recalls the original.

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Atari plans to deliver classic games in the Ataribox, alongside "current content". It will also deliver "classic gaming content" too. We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

Still, whatever the Ataribox ends up being, the one definite takeaway is that it'll certainly look nice on your mantelpiece, or wherever the hell it is that you keep your games consoles. Atari didn't give any more details and said more info on specs, games, features, price, and release date would come later.

"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", said an email from the Ataribox team.

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