We’ve Seen Atari’s New ‘Ataribox’ Console, And It’s More Confusing Than Ever

Somewhat unexpectedly, we’ve got a initial demeanour during Atari’s new console. The video diversion association recently showed us a few cinema of a “Ataribox,” and a few sum that we do have lift even some-more questions than we had before. The box has 4 USB ports, a container for an SD card, HDMI, and ethernet. A newsletter from Atari (via Polygon) promises that it will play “classic” as good as “current” calm and that it will come with “modern inner specs.” What that means, during a finish of a day, is anybody’s guess: all 3 of those phrases come with what we competence call a far-reaching grade of interpretation. Here’s a design of a thing below:


Credit: Atari

Ataribox.

Credit: Atari

Ataribox.

At initial blush, a Ataribox would seem to be an apparent try to float a coattails of a mini NES Classic Edition and money in on what we could now call a retro gaming hardware craze. The some-more we learn, however, a some-more it’s transparent that it’s something opposite entirely. This is clear right from a form factor: while a NES Classic Edition sought usually to reconstruct a figure of a strange console in a some-more compress package, a Atarixbox seeks to reconstruct a feeling of a strange console with complicated flair. That’s in line with a thought that a appurtenance will also play “current” content, nonetheless again that could meant unequivocally anything.

My initial camber is that this is a kind of Android or Windows micro-console in a capillary of a Ouya and that Atari is anticipating to equivocate a pitfalls (get it?) of that console with a assistance of a classical gaming library and a still-recognizable brand. That’s only a guess, mind you, and it’s also probable that what a thing will do, exactly, isn’t even finalized. Releasing information in this mysterious approach is possibly an bid to get people talking, or it’s since a console is still honestly in flux. For Atari’s part, it says it’s a latter:

We know we are inspired for some-more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. We’re not teasing we intentionally; we wish to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we move Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari village feedback as we do so,” it pronounced in a newsletter. “There are a lot of milestones, hurdles and preference points in front of us in a months ahead. We’ll be giving we lots some-more information and standing updates as we progress, and we are anxious to have we along for a ride!”

Atari enters into a deeply swarming marketplace dominated by Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and a far-reaching universe of mobile gaming: in short, people do not wish for ways to play video games in 2017, and micro consoles haven’t accurately blown adult yet. While Atari does have a share of 1980’s nostalgia, it’s not accurately adult there with Nintendo when it comes to staying power. Still, it’s probable Atari will strike on a right brew of nostalgia and forward-thinking to float this thing into a future. We’ll see.

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