New Atari Console Will Bring "Current Gaming Content" As Well As Classic Titles

"Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari."

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Atari has revealed new details and images of its first console in over 20 years, the Ataribox. The company has said it wants to bring both "current" and "classic" gaming content to the new device, which will contain "modern internal specs."

Atari said in a newsletter to fans (via Kotaku AU) that its "objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari." As such, it intends to launch two editions of its new console: a red/black version and a wood version. The company stated that both variants will possess "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).

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"As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs," the publisher added. "It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content."

Take a look at the first images of the new device--which is separate to AtGames' NES Classic-like Flashback 8 microconsole--above. No price or release date have been announced for the Ataribox, which was first teased in June, though the company said "lots more information and status updates" will come as development progresses.

The last Atari console to launch was the Jaguar in 1993, but the releases of the original PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1995 further hindered the Jaguar's already-struggling sales. Ultimately this lead to a decline in fortunes for Atari, which had previously pioneered the games industry in western markets with titles such as Pong, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders.

The Atari brand has since changed hands a number of times. More recently the majority of the company's business has been in publishing mobile games such as RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, though the current owner of the Atari name--Atari SA, previously called Infogrames--is almost entirely separate from the original company from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

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now if we can get sega to release a new system we can get the band back together><

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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, now in 4K 60FPS!

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@techaddikt:

Coming soon to a landfill near you.

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@techaddikt: I'll bury that for a dollar!

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@Pyrosa: ROBOCOP approves!!!

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i just dont see people developing for it sorry atari.

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@xnshd: If there's a Unity deployment & testing extension developed for it, at least there will be ports.

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@Pyrosa: im not interested in the thing either way if it gets support or not. im happy with my xbox one x when i launches and my standard ps4. just in my opinion i dont think this thing will get support.

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I am so excited I have being waiting to play frogger, pac man, space invaders etc who cares about 4k gaming when you can play 2d pixelated games, I am going to sell my 4k tv and ps4 pro and get one of those old big back crt tvs in anticipation for this awesome console.

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@yukushi: Lol at people taking this post seriously and replying seriously as well :)

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@yukushi: I would hold on to those if I were you, at least until the SNES Classic arrives. Death Stranding will probably be a PS5 launch title anyway and everything else sucks. Except for Cyberpunk 2077 (of course), but that will be better on PC.

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@asnakeneverdies: death stranding is gonna be on ps4.

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@onehitta323: I didn't say it wouldn't be.

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This will be the second console I buy ....... right after the Ouya.

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That is quote cool. I'm happy to see Atari doing something, my very first console was an ATARI 2600 with Dig Dug and Ms. Pac-Man and some kind of Formel 1 game I think.

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All I want for Xmas is for the Ataribox to be announced with more Tflops than the XBoneX... Just to stop M$ from being able to claim "moar powaaaaar" . I'm getting an X for sure, and if this is a legit console I'll probably get one as well (wood please) but how funny would a few month reign of most powerful console be. Oh it'd set the GS forums ablaze. Hey, maybe Atari can land themselves a few "console launch exclusives" too ;)

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@dr_vancouver: what has sony been spouting for years about the ps4, the exact same thing so ofcourse microsoft will tout the same when they have the most powerful machine.

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Hopefully not just another Android console

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@girlusocrazy: I'd count on it

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It looks like a networking device.

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indicator lights that glow through the material AND a front facing logo!

PS4 and XBox- What would you like on your tombstones?

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@l_willard This just in......Sony and Microsoft to offer stick on faux wood placards for their systems....

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"Ribbed... for dust's protection..."

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@khanwashere: in Garth Algar's voice: "Ewwwwwwwww."

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@khanwashere: "Ribbed for..." This doesn't sound like they're talking about a gaming console at all...

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I think by "current content", they mean indie games, like the Ouya, for example, not AAA 3rd party games.

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looks great visually. by "current content", i think they mean new "classic-indie-style" games and not modern games with cutting edge graphics. in either case, if they release this thing under $150 they might sell a few to the middle aged demographic.

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We need another console on the market but I don't think this is the one.

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@dreadborne: Dreamcast 2, you are our only hope.

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April's fool coming late?

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@silv3rst0rm: I was just going to post that. :)

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ET SPECIAL EDITION CONSOLE.

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The Dawn of a new race of Fanboys is coming

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Pioneered the industry in the west? They almost killed it completely. Atari just needs to go away for good.

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@Greyden: I'm assuming you must be younger, (not an insult). Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision pretty much kicked off console gaming in the west. But mostly, it was Atari.

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@aross2004: Absolutely! First console I ever played was the Binatone, closely followed by the Atari 2600 (yes I'm that old). It may seem weird now, but, after the basic pong and then the optimistically-named "football" (basically pong but with 2 bats each instead of just 1!) from the Binatone console, the games that came on cartridge for the Atari almost completely blew my mind; space invaders, asteroid and later, defender and missile command. It was incredible at the time. Looks ridiculous now of course...

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So reasle old games on system and put ET what was worst game. This new console won't sale and be end if company for sure.

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@playstationzone: I now this don't sail wheel enough to complete against current game, but I was understood it would still found a plate on the marquee wit longstanding fonts of classic system.

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@asnakeneverdies: Nice...

...and Reasle... That B still owes me $20.

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@playstationzone: Dude, I'm all in for you're post to stand out but you gotta work on what you're saying and you'll been here for a long time to know better then this.

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@davillain-: Haha. What?