Ataribox pictures and details surface, nostalgia reigns

New Atari Flashback 8 Gold and Sega Genesis Flashback Consoles Launching This Fall

New Atari Flashback 8 Gold and Sega Genesis Flashback Consoles Launching This Fall

While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted the Ataribox would be housed in wood like the 2600, the video game maker has not provided many details about the console until today. Given the success that Nintendo found with the NES Classic Edition, and the hype surrounding the upcoming SNES Classic, Atari is definitely introducing the Ataribox to a receptive audience.

After going bust (again) in 2013, Chesnais has refocused the company on licensing and mobile and is turning a profit again, so much so that it appears to have the working capital to start building stuff again, for the first time since the Atari Jaguar in 1993.

While the retro gaming firm hasn't yet released any firm specifications regarding its fresh gaming machine, we now know it will arrive in glossy black with ribbed lines and a raised back; an ode to the original console released in 1977. Clearly inspired by the Atari 2600, the design is a handsome modern reboot of that console. It is, for instance, unclear whether the Ataribox will include a bundle of pre-installed titles, as per the NES Classic Mini, or if its library can be expanded by downloading new software, unlike the NES Classic Mini.

Unfortunately, there are no further details on pricing or availability, but we do know that the Ataribox can be had in the classic black/wood finish or in a more modern black/red color scheme.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Atari suggests that the Ataribox will also support "current gaming content" through "modern internal specs". It will also play classic and "current" games. Atari didn't give any more details and said more info on specs, games, features, price, and release date would come later.

It could be another android style console so we might be seeing games that aren't AAA. The Mini NES succeeded, in part, due to its simplicity and cheap price, both of which would be hard in a more capable console.

"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", said an email from the Ataribox team.