In mid-june Atari released a teaser trailer for their new console, the Ataribox. Now we can see what it will actually look like.
Once I’d finished snickering at the, less than desirable name for Atari’s new console. I had to concede that I was somewhat intrigued.
Common consensus seemed to suggest that everyone expected the ‘Ataribox’ to be a cash-in on the success of Nintendo’s Classic NES. It seemed logical that a retro Atari console built to a high standard could prove popular with retro gamers.
The speculation was half right. In a product update yesterday Atari confirmed “that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content“.
The release went on to say:
“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.”
So two versions echoing the original wood panelled 2600 and subsequent models made from matt black plastic.
The company acknowledges that fans are eager for more information but insist on a slow roll out to ensure they “get this right“.
Speculation has turned to scepticism surrounding the Ataribox however, as many fans are now expecting the console to be a crowdfunded project rather than a straight up commercial endeavour.
Be that as it may, I for one would be very pleased to sit a wooden panelled Ataribox under my television, it just looks so weird, and yet so familiar.
See the Ataribox teaser trailer here.