Atari has revealed images of its new Ataribox, the company's first video games console in more than 20 years. Clearly inspired by the Atari 2600, the design is a handsome modern reboot of that console.
But Atari have done things the other way round and now the only thing we really know about the Ataribox (yes, that's really what it's called) is that the case looks really cool. The main objective with this release is to "create something new that stays true" to Atari's heritage and appeals "to both old and new fans" alike.
There is also confirmation that it will come in two versions - one that's based on the original Atari VCS (2600) and another with a more modern, black and red design. It will also play classic and "current" games.
Perhaps Atari is going to republish some classics, or make a new game in retro style. The console features ribs that flow around the whole console, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, an indicator lights that glow through the material, an HDMI port, a SD port, and four USB ports. We intend to release two editions: "a wood edition, and a black/red edition", the email reads. "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 this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so", Atari further said. 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!
Atari's last official console-the ill-fated Atari Jaguar-was marketed as the first 64-bit console at a time when consoles had only just gone 32-bit.