When Atari announced it was jumping back into the game-console arena, those old enough to remember the 8-bit glory days of the Atari 2600 - like myself - perked up, briefly lighting up whatever part of the brain responsible for feelings of nostalgia. At E3 a resurrected Atari teased its own entry into the market - the Ataribox - and now it's given us a few more details on what to expect from it. Two versions of the Ataribox will be released, one in wood, and one in black / red. But while the Nintendo consoles are largely exact [design] replicas of their respective counterparts (after being hit with a shrink ray, of course), the Ataribox melds retro touches with a modern flavor.
The Ataribox console design is inspired by their classic Atari 2600 console and the device will come with an SD card, a HDMI port and four USB ports. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.
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.
However, with no pricing or firm release date information yet set, let alone a complete spec sheet, there's some trepidation here. "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", it said. The Mini NES succeeded, in part, due to its simplicity and cheap price, both of which would be hard in a more capable console. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead.
While we don't know too much about the Ataribox, there's already a huge wave of excitement over the return of the brand that, essentially, started it all.