Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Ataribox May Be the Company's SNES Classic or Its Ouya

Ataribox May Be the Company's SNES Classic or Its Ouya

The device has a HDMI port, four USB ports and SD card support. 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.

Gaming company Atari shared some images of the new Ataribox console in a message to fans on Monday (which we saw via The Verge) as well as some details about its spec sheet. Atari has also said the new console will launch in two versions, with one option boasting a front panel with a wood or glass finish, and a black/red edition. This week however, Atari is making a return, announcing the Ataribox, which was originally teased last month.

It goes on to state that console will play classic and "current" games, with vaguely-worded "modern internal specs".

Atari, in the hope of emulating the success of Nintendo's Mini NES and Mini SNES, has unveiled the Ataribox-a modern console inspired by the legendary Atari 2600, which was first released in 1977.

The Ataribox Looks Fittingly Retro Yet Sleek
Ataribox May Be the Company's SNES Classic or Its Ouya

Information on pricing, release dates, game content, or even full specs aren't on the cards right now.

You won't be surprised to learn that the Ataribox will be available with a number of classic games to let you bask in the early days of console gaming where we sat on the carpet in front of tiny tube TVs (with rabbit ears on the back, of course). While the internal hardware has yet to be detailed, there's the suggestion then that the Ataribox could be more powerful than your average retro console.

We haven't seen what its controller looks like yet, so here's our pick of the best PC controllers in the meantime.

"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", said an email from the Ataribox team.

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