That Mysterious "Ataribox" Looks Surprisingly Sexy

By Matt Wales on at

Remember that mysterious "Ataribox" console that suddenly surfaced a month or so back? At the time, Atari's CEO Fred Chesnais proudly proclaimed "We're back in the hardware business", and we (along with a bunch of other people) thought that the new console, with its sleek retro wooden looks, gave off a distinct NES Classic Mini vibe. Well, as spotted by The Verge, Atari has now revealed a smidgeon more information on its mysterious new console, alongside a couple of hints as to what it will actually do.

In an email newsletter, Atari (or rather, the company that now owns the Atari name after the original Atari went bankrupt in 2013) explained that the Ataribox will feature SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports. It will also play classic and "current” games. "As you can guess," says the newsletter, "those ports suggest modern internal specs", whatever that means.

Additionally, Atari has unveiled two cosmetically different, but equally sleek, versions of the machine—one with a fetchingly retro red and black veneer, and the other with an even more fetching, even more retro wooden frontage. Fair dos Atari, they are both quite sexy.

Beyond that, there's still much we don't yet no. Atari isn't yet discussing pricing details or a release date, nor is it sharing specific information about its games. 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.

However, as you can see above, Atari's work-in-progress promo shots do seem to show an ethernet port in the console's rear, and then there's the whole SD card thing—so you know.

Still, whatever the Ataribox ends up being, the one definite takeaway is that it'll certainly look nice on your mantelpiece, or wherever the hell it is that you keep your games consoles.