Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Atari unveils first images of its Ataribox console

Atari unveils first images of its Ataribox console

"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. A 20-second trailer teased a wood-finished 2600 lookalike, however it appears the incoming machine will echo the likes of Nintendo's NES and SNES Mini/Classic systems with its library of classic games.

Whether it'll be playing PC software (the 'box is expected to run PC hardware) or some of the newer titles in Atari's back catalogue.

Gaming company Atari shared some images of the new Ataribox console in a message to fans on Monday (which we saw via The Verge) as well as some details about its spec sheet.

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.

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.

The company is borrowing from its classic design by incorporating wood, ribbed lines and a raised back panel.

However, as you can see above, Atari's work-in-progress promo shots do seem to show an ethernet port in the console's rear, and then there's the whole SD card thing-so you know. 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. We'll update you with more information as we get it. We also don't know the actual specs of the hardware but hopefully more will be revealed soon.

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