Friday, 28 July, 2017

Atari has made a new console and it looks great

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Frank Williams | 17 July, 2017, 16:24

After plenty of teasers, Atari has finally lifted the veil on its upcoming Ataribox gaming console.

It's obviously too early to say whether or not the Ataribox will be a success, but on the design alone, the company is surely winning over many GenX converts, including me - and I haven't owned a game console in 30 years.

Atari is also looking to make the Ataribox a bit more user-friendly and expandable than its Nintendo rivals through the addition of an SD card slot and four USB ports (in addition the requisite HDMI port). This week however, Atari is making a return, announcing the Ataribox, which was originally teased last month. It is, for instance, unclear whether the Ataribox will include a bundle of pre-installed titles, as per the NES Classic Mini, or if its library can be expanded by downloading new software, unlike the NES Classic Mini. However, Atari will also be providing what is being billed as "current content" to the console as well.

Speaking of games, Atari promises the console will have "modern" specs, and that the Ataribox will serve up both classic content as well as more current games.

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The post went on to suggest that "there are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead", perhaps indicating that the console won't be ready for release in 2017. A model with a classic wood-fronted design, and a sleeker, but still retro-chic, red and black edition.

Beyond that, there's still much we don't yet no. Atari isn't yet discussing pricing details or a release date, nor is it sharing specific information about its games.

As said, more information about the Ataribox console will be shared later on. "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 this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so".

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