Here's our first look at Atari's new console


The Ataribox is one of the best-looking consoles we've seen in years, but there's one problem: it doesn't have any games yet.

Atari is aiming for a "smooth design", inspired by "classic" Atari design elements, and the console will feature four USB ports, a HDMI and SD port. The two different designs for the console seem to revolve around either having a black glass panel in the front, with a red Atari logo, or a wooden front with a white logo.

The new Ataribox console will deliver new content and also classic Atari games, so it looks like this new console will be similar to the NES and SNES Classic consoles from Nintendo.

The selection of ports further confirms that Atari's upcoming platform isn't exclusively intended for playing retro games. Though Atari now licenses its brand out, it's moved to reassure fans that all is going well with the Ataribox.

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So, Atari is back in the hardware business.

In an email to Atari fans, the company reveals "our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari".

At this stage, it isn't clear exactly what content the Ataribox will actually offer, though the company has said it will release classic games alongside a new selection of titles. However, Atari will also be providing what is being billed as "current content" to the console as well.

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. The Ataribox simply had a name back then and a teaser video that suggested it could be a vintage console in line with Nintendo's NES Mini. "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.