Here’s What Atari’s New Console, the Ataribox, Looks Like

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Atari previously teased a new console, making it the first hardware console since the 1993-released Atari Jaguar. Now, the company has shown off what the console actually looks like.

Featured above, the new console has an HDMI port, four USB ports, an SD card slot, and an ethernet cable port. That’s basically all we have to go on for now. Here’s some more shots:

There are two models, one with the classic faux-wood front, and a fancier one with black glass. The company does hint that the ports indicate this is a “modern” console, with a catch:

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.

It’s worth pointing out the description for the hardware also mentions “current gaming content.”

Atari promises more details like specs, games, features, pricing, and more in a more “step by step” reveal process, as they “listen closely to Atari community feedback” because they “we want to get this right.”

We’ll keep you guys posted.

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  • DrearierSpider

    Hopefully this crashes and burns, and takes Atari along with it. They’ve produced nothing of value in over a decade, and they’re one of the dominos that needs to fall for Blood’s source code to be released, which is the only reason I care about them anymore.

  • Mr0303

    It doesn’t look bad, but the fact that it’s crowdfunded raises all kinds of alarms in my head.

  • blackice85

    Looks wise yeah it’s nice and tasteful, I just have no idea where it would fit in the market. I can’t imagine it being powerful enough to run what’s commonly considered AAA stuff, so does that leave indie games and emulated classics?

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Regardless of what the innards may bring us, you have to admit that it does look pretty damn good.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    I admit that it looks pretty nice. However, what I care about is performance and the games library, not looks.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Atari already went bankrupt a few years ago. Spiritually back in 1985 when it was sold the first time. This is just a badge now –not actual “Atari”.

  • Mr0303

    Yeah, I meant visually. This will likely try to be a NES Classic type of console.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    I’m willing to shell out some bucks just for the case. I’ll do what I please with it.

  • blackice85

    But it’s going to have PC Technology! Whatever that means lol.

  • Michael P

    So we’ll be able to play Pong and Space Invaders in glorious HD….who’s asking for this exactly?

    “current gaming content” just sounds like support for 3rd party shit everyone who cares already has access to. Bold strategy but they may as well call this the Atari Crash and Burn.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    I’ll play the shit out of Galaga and Centipede. ST games would be great too.

  • Mr0303

    Maybe x86 architecture or a custom graphics card.

  • RichardGristle

    It looks really slick, but they need to come out and say what the hell it is. Are they trying to hop on that Nintendo classic console train, will it be a silly little Android device like Ouya, or will it be some sort of Steambox type console?

  • sAy_YaS

    I’m intrigued.

  • DrearierSpider

    I’m aware, just hoping this time they stay dead. If the Blood IP got auctioned back to Monolith, we could probably get the source released as mentioned.

  • DrearierSpider

    Because those can’t be emulated on a toaster.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    I don’t know. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have a bastardized in-name-only brand of Atari still left lingering on through the ages than some old DOS IP source getting released. I’m sure Monolith can bring us something better in the same vein without the IP if they really wanted to.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    *a sexy toaster

  • Michael P

    And I’m sure thousands of others will too but it’ll need more than that to be a success. The only way for this to reach beyond such a niche market would be a sizable number of modern exclusives and that takes a long game and vast sums of expendable cash.

    Look how long it took Microsoft (with it’s VERY large coffers) to achieve that and how fleeting that success was.

    I’ll give you one thing though, it sure is pretty.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Yeah, I hear ya. Doesn’t phase me. I’ll buy it even if it’s doa. I see it more as a one-off novelty than anything.

  • DrearierSpider

    What value is modern Atari bringing to the table, outside of this console (if it does well)? The 2 biggest games they’ve made since being resurrected are Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Asteroids Outpost. Those sold 8,500 and 2,800 units, respectively, according to Steamspy. There are far more talented developers out there that would put Atari’s IPs to far better use than they’ve been doing.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    See my edit. There really isn’t anything to it other than a “feeling” as comes with branding I guess. IPs can have spiritual successors as well.

  • Heresy Hammer

    BloodGDX my dude

    http://m210.duke4.net/

  • Uncle Ocelot

    That’s pretty close to what I expected honestly. Looks nice.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s being crowdfunded?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Atari are saying it will run “current gaming content” and they already have the Flashback line of consoles so I don’t think this will be one of those.

  • Mr0303

    Yep. Some investors said that it’s being crowdfunded to “limit risk taking” – which is basically how that business model is used throughout.

  • Mr0303

    They may try to run some indies, but my guess is that the launch line up would be some sort of Atari Classics.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Makes sense, Atari just managed to escape bankruptcy a few years ago and console manufacturing likely isn’t cheap.

  • Looks like another micro-console, and here I was hoping for something to get excited by.

  • DJ Rev

    It’s the phantom all over again

  • Uncle Ocelot

    After seeing that it’s crowdfunded, that does seem likely. It would suit Atari though, people remember them for simpler, retro games and indies kind of continue that style. I just hope there’s a little more to it than being the Ouya 2600 and they put some decent hardware in it; not PS4/XB1 tier, that would be redundant but something in the Switch’s ballpark could easily sell for around $200 since it’s stationary and probably doesn’t have fancy, expensive controllers.

  • Kuinli

    This would had been great if it had a slot for Atari Cartridges, because this looks just like a re-skinned Ouya or Steam machine; also I assume the controllers will be wireless, but the USB ports are on the back so this is going to be a headache when connecting them to charge.
    And if you take in account that its crowfunded, this already smells like the Coleco Chameleon shitshow.

  • The Clansman

    post yfw atari saves videogames

  • Fenrir007

    “we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

    My bet: Android games.

  • DizzyGear

    If it would also support Jaguar (CD) games then it has my interest.

  • DrearierSpider

    It’s a great project, but not a true source port. Reverse engineering isn’t always 100% accurate.

  • Looks to be another shitty Ouya.

  • Skate or Die

    It looks really nice, but It seems like it’ll be another Ouya.

  • BaronKrause

    Unless the source code is held by some dev out there who is just waiting for Atari to go out of business to release it online, I doubt them simply crumbling will help get that released.

  • Fandangle

    Even if it’s just an emulation station, depending on the library it could be nice.

  • Josh

    Hmm. I’m not clear on what sort of media it will use. There’s no cartridge slot or disc drive, so I’m led to believe that this will be for digital downloads only.

  • sanic

    ah fake wood I can’t explain why I love it.

  • BaronKrause

    That SD card slot could be the coolest thing they have done or just some old BS. Depends on whether it lets you run any atari rom or just acts as storage for some new proprietary encrypted atari game store files.