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Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games

18 July 2017, 12:52 | Hattie Nash

Facebook AtariboxOfficialA promotional image for the Ataribox

Facebook  AtariboxOfficialA promotional image for the Ataribox

They've used the old-school Atari console design notes to create the Ataribox's aesthetic, riffing on the iconic wood-panelling and ribbed surface.

Atari first started teasing their new Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a "brand new Atari product". It didn't reveal much information about the new console back then, though, so it left fans anxious to find out more.

Check out some more images of the Ataribox below. Currently, the plan is to bring classic games, alongside "current content", on the Ataribox.

"We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", said Atari in the statement, promising further updates in the coming months. Atari wants to get this system done right, and they promise they're not teasing people intentionally, but they're sharing a little bit of information at a time to keep us in the loop. The device supports SD cards and has four USB ports and an HDMI port as well. Now, Atari wants to get in on the current vintage console wave.

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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.

However, today has given fans their first look at the new console, along with plenty of new details about the machine. But after the games industry crash of 1983, Atari shuttered its doors and became an also-ran to newer competitors like Nintendo and Sony.

What do you think about the Ataribox? One is a wood edition and the other is the pictured red and black. Chances are you won't be playing the latest Call Of Duty on this thing, but you might be able to load up some Android games when you're all fed up with Missile Command. After all, "current games" is a vague term that could refer to anything from the smallest indie titles to the biggest blockbuster games - not that we're suggesting Destiny 2 will be heading to the Ataribox anytime soon.

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