The folks over at Kotaku(AU) have some great first look images at the upcoming brand-new console from Atari, the Ataribox, along with a letter from Atari talking about the console. It’s the first console from the company since 1993.
Details aren’t exactly pouring in just yet but I have to say the design really caught my eye. Especially the wood-grain version above. It’s such a great mix of the old and the new.
The developers are promising a mix of “classic and current gaming content” so this is going to be quite an interesting release I think. Is there even room for another gaming console?
The real question though is whether or not it will feature the most infamous Atari game of them all: E.T.
Have a look at the full newsletter as released by Kotaku!
Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.
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.
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.
For more info head over to AtariBox.com