Just a few short weeks ago the Ataribox was announced. Atari’s first hardware release in 20 years, the comeback retro gaming console is an enigma as it stands today. New photos and some more details of Atari’s plans for the console released today, however, may clarify further.
With 4 USB ports, 2 SD card slots, and HDMI and ethernet ports, the Ataribox is ready to take on modern audiences. We weren’t entirely sure what Atari’s new console was going to shape up to be, and to be honest we’re still pretty clueless. But what we do know is that Atari look to approach new audiences through their software as well. The Ataribox will run “classic” and “current” titles on release using “modern internal specs”.
So we know it’s not exactly just another retro gaming console built to cash in on some of that Nintendo-brand nostalgia. Yes, the success of the NES Classic and anticipation for the SNES Classic probably contributed to Atari’s boardroom flow chart, but that’s not all we seem to be getting.
I’m willing to bet we’ll see a console running from a virtual console-esque digital shopfront with the odd recent Atari release to keep things fresh. We know they’ve been recruiting new developers for a few months now, and aren’t going to let their mobile releases go to waste. Boosted versions of titles like Rollercoaster Tycoon, Outlaw, and even the mobile remakes Centipede Origins and Asteroid Gunner will likely make their way onto the digital store on release, with similar sized titles appearing out of development.
We do know what it looks like, though, and its appearance seems to confirm what we already know about the software lineup. Buyers will have the option to purchase the classic Atari design, wood panelling included, or to go modern and pick up the black and red model with glass. That being said, we’ve been promised more details in due course. Whether or not Atari’s decision to release this information bit by bit is reflective of their own understanding of (or experimentation with) the trajectory of the retro gaming console they seem to have announced remains to be seen. They have announced that:
“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”
Let me know what you think about the Ataribox’s look! Will you be going classic wood panelling or keeping things contemporary?