Atari has been teasing a new game console since before E3, but the project has been light on details. But an email to fans from the Ataribox team gives a little bit more insight into what’s coming, including a few images.
“Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari,” the email said. “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.”
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It touched on the ports adding a modernization to the guts of the new unit, adding that the console will offer “classic gaming content” alongside “current” content.
It sounds like the NES Classic coming from Nintendo, although the email did not explain whether that meant new games or remasters of older ones from the Atari library.
Atari is still being coy with the actual specs, the games, the pricing and a release date. OK, it’s being coy with everything else, but it is promising to share things one step at a time because it wants “to get this right” for fans.
It said it has plenty of milestones to hit in the months ahead, and promises status updates as things progress.