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Your first look at Atari's new console, the Ataribox

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I remember that during E3, Atari started teasing a series of videos online which pointed to a possible new console which they were working on. While it has been a few weeks now, all we have seen or heard of the console is a simple teaser video showing off its outer shell, which if you wanted to know looks like the classic old-school Atari from back in the day with a wooden texture. 

Well, gamers do not need to worry anymore, as Atari has officially unveiled the console's design in a newsletter sent out to those who signed up on the official Ataribox website. While the newsletter does not point to any specific specs, price, or release date of the console right now, it did mention that the console will ship in two models, a red/black version, and the wood version which pays homage to the classic console.

Keep in mind that these look pretty much still in concept, so things may change, but the console seems to have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a gaming device. HDMI, headphone jack, SD card slot, and a couple of USB ports. What is even more interesting is the fact that the newsletter mentions that the console will be delivering both classic and modern gaming content. Could Atari be building a console to rival the current generation? 

More details on the console read as follows in the newsletter. 

Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

Atari Box Red.jpg

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. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!

Hope you like where we are taking this, we’ll be in touch soon.

The Ataribox Project team.

While we know very little apart from these few details in the latest email, Atari could be announcing more in the coming months leading up to the console's supposed 2018 release. 

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