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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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44 comments
  1. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    July 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    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.

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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

  3. blackice85
    blackice85
    July 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    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?

  4. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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

  5. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    July 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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

  6. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    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”.

  7. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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

  8. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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

  9. blackice85
    blackice85
    July 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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

  10. Michael P
    Michael P
    July 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  11. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

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

  12. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe x86 architecture or a custom graphics card.

  13. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    July 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    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?

  14. sAy_YaS
    sAy_YaS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I’m intrigued.

  15. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    July 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    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.

  16. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    July 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Because those can’t be emulated on a toaster.

  17. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    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.

  18. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    *a sexy toaster

  19. Michael P
    Michael P
    July 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    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.

  20. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    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.

  21. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    July 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    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.

  22. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    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.

  23. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

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

  24. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    It’s being crowdfunded?

  25. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    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.

  26. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

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

  27. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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

  28. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

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

  29. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    July 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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

  30. DJ Rev
    DJ Rev
    July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    It’s the phantom all over again

  31. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  32. Kuinli
    Kuinli
    July 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  33. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    July 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    post yfw atari saves videogames

  34. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    July 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    “we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

    My bet: Android games.

  35. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    July 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm

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

  36. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    July 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

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

  37. GameZard
    GameZard
    July 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Looks to be another shitty Ouya.

  38. Skate or Die
    Skate or Die
    July 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

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

  39. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    July 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    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.

  40. Fandangle
    Fandangle
    July 18, 2017 at 12:10 am

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

  41. Josh
    Josh
    July 18, 2017 at 12:47 am

    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.

  42. sanic
    sanic
    July 18, 2017 at 1:42 am

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

  43. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    July 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    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.