Here are the First Images of the Upcoming Ataribox (GALLERY)


During this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, which took place one month ago, Atari released a video that created all sorts of buzz. Almost as soon as the teaser arrived, CEO Fred Chesnais had an interview and confirmed that the gaming giant of yesteryear was getting back into the hardware business. Fast forward to now and we have the first images that have been released of the upcoming Ataribox. For those who signed up for updates over on the official website, you may have received an email this morning. No need to worry if you didn’t, however, because we’ve got you covered.

As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

The purpose of the email was to give fans the first glimpse of the Ataribox design, and it is beautiful. It brings a touch of modern to a classic console, and it will also be available in two variants: wood and black/red. The update was very light on just about anything else, but did offer up a few specs. The new piece of hardware will feature “a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD).” It also has that beautiful raised back. Without further ado, here is what the Ataribox looks like:

Some have been theorizing that the Ataribox is going to be along the lines of the NES/SNES classic editions, but as the quote above says, they “will also be delivering current gaming content.” It also looks like that is an Ethernet port right in the middle of the rear panel of the black/red version. This implies Internet connectivity and could lead one to believe this will be an entirely new console that happens to offer players a chance to enjoy the older titles. Only time will tell what the future holds for the upcoming system, but stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as more information is released in the coming months. Speaking of which, the Ataribox Project team had this to say at the end of their email:

We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. 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.”

What say you, gamers? Is the Ataribox going to end up being a higher-tech nostalgia box, or will it bring enough power to handle modern titles? Also, do you prefer the classic look of the wood edition, or does the glass and neon of the black/red version tickle your fancy? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7! If it’s more reading that you’re needing, check out the following:

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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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