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Atari Unveils The Ataribox

Ataribox

Atari has unveiled the Ataribox. The new “console” was first mentioned during E3 2017, but not much else was known about it until now. When first announced I was thinking it would probably be a micro-console akin to the NES Classic or SNES Classic and it looks like that is indeed the case.

The Ataribox does not have a port large enough to accept classic Atari 2600, 5200, or 7800 cartridges, so it looks like any retro games will be done through built-in emulation. The new system features a SD card slot, a HDMI port, a network port, and four USB ports.

Not much is known about Ataribox apart from these specs and the overall look of the system, which will have two different designs. One design is based on the classic wood-grain look of the 2600 while the other harkens back to the so-called Vader Black color scheme.

Atari claims the micro-console will play classic games as well as modern ones, but how it will achieve this is just speculation at this point. It could be Android powered, maybe a different form of Linux, or perhaps even Windows based. We just don’t know yet.

One thing that has been announced about the system is that it will be crowdfunded.

Here’s some of what Atari said in an e-mail sent out to their subscribers about the Ataribox.

“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.

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.”

Source: Kotaku & Digital Trends

Images: Kotaku & Atari

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