Ataribox May Be the Company's SNES Classic or Its Ouya

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Indicator lights glow through these materials, and Atari is including SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the Ataribox.

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. However, for the last 30 years, Atari has strayed away from console hardware.

In an email newsletter sent out to fans, Atari have given the first glimpse at it's mysterious upcoming console; the "Ataribox" which is clearly harking back to the company's first foray into home-gaming with the wood-panelled Atari 2600.

After going bust (again) in 2013, Chesnais has refocused the company on licensing and mobile and is turning a profit again, so much so that it appears to have the working capital to start building stuff again, for the first time since the Atari Jaguar in 1993.

The new Ataribox console will deliver new content and also classic Atari games, so it looks like this new console will be similar to the NES and SNES Classic consoles from Nintendo.

At this stage, it isn't clear exactly what content the Ataribox will actually offer, though the company has said it will release classic games alongside a new selection of titles. Each will have a raised back and "ribbing", making it reminiscent of the console that inspired it, while options for glass or wood front finishes will be available. However, Atari also wants to release "current content" too, which could mean any number of things.

Atari do, however, say they're not just creating the Ataribox for old-school gaming goodness.

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. One is a wood edition and the other is the pictured red and black.



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