We’ve gotten our first glimpse of Atari’s new console, the Ataribox. It’s unclear what exactly this console is trying to be. Atari say the new console will play ‘classic’ and ‘current’ content. What that means is anyone’s guess, but we’re almost certain there will be a host of remastered classics built in to that sleek black chassis.
Unlike the NES mini, the Ataribox has steered clear of just minimizing an existing console shape. Instead, they have opted to try to modernize the original design. Let’s be brutally honest, the old Atari consoles aren’t the prettiest of machines. The old saying ‘you can’t polish a turd’ springs to mind.
The box has 4 USB ports, HDMI output, SD card slot and an Ethernet port. Hopefully the ethernet signals the inclusion of online-retro gaming. Even an online scoreboard would be a welcome addition to the arcade style games Atari are famous for.
Speaking of the games library, Atari has a while heal of heavyweight titles to throw behind this console. The industry establishing Pong won’t take much remaster-ing, pacman is timeless, and space invaders will be fun until the end of time. The question is, how will Atari build around these titles? And what can they do to remaster games that were essentially just a few pixels?
Into your retro? Take a look at our Retro Review of Spyro the Dragon!