Atari reveals first pictures of its new games console


When Atari announced it was jumping back into the game-console arena, those old enough to remember the 8-bit glory days of the Atari 2600 - like myself - perked up, briefly lighting up whatever part of the brain responsible for feelings of nostalgia.

As yet Atari has failed to reveal what's under the new console's hood, telling would be players to expect "current content" alongside classic games. At this point, it's unsure what Atari means with the latter, but more information will be revealed in the near future.

It will however have some features more in line with modern expectations - a HDMI port can be found on the rear along with four USB ports, with support built in for SD card expansion, which suggests uses will be able to sideload their own content on the machine. Could this result in a console similar to the myriad of Android boxes such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield TV or akin to Nintendo's retro efforts like the SNES or NES Classic? Though Atari now licenses its brand out, it's moved to reassure fans that all is going well with the Ataribox. However, Atari will also be providing what is being billed as "current content" to the console as well.

The Ataribox Looks Fittingly Retro Yet Sleek

There is also confirmation that it will come in two versions - one that's based on the original Atari VCS (2600) and another with a more modern, black and red design. We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

KitGuru Says: There was a lot of buzz surrounding the Ataribox when it was first teased last month. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", the company said.

We haven't seen what its controller looks like yet, so here's our pick of the best PC controllers in the meantime. 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.