Atari has revealed the design of the Ataribox and more information about the upcoming console. Kotaku first reported that the information was revealed in an email sent out to those who subscribed to the coming soon website. 

Atari is only revealing key design features of the console at this point. It’s clearly inspired by classic Atari design elements (like the use of wood, ribbed lines and a raised back). Atari have also said that it will have a front panel that will have either wood or class as well as indicator lights, HDMI 4x USB and an SD slot. There will be a wood edition and a black/red edition.

Unfortunately, they are not releasing release timings, price or games that will release on the console and it’s honestly not clear at this point what kind of games will release on the console.

 

The full email says:

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.

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  • Matthew Wallace

    not having any cartridge slots (mum has a bunch of games for 2600) or control ports (for classic controllers) has pretty much removed any reason we have to get this.