The Baby Boomers and probably half of the Gen X knows what comes into mind when they hear the word “Atari,” yes? And the game “Pong?” The Millennials would have probably heard it from their parents. But Forty-one years after the debut of the Atari Video Computer System or Atari 2600, a new Atari console is coming to town after Atari announced it on June 16 this year. It’s simply called the “Ataribox,” and here are photos of its “first looks.”
“Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari,” says the e-mail Ataribox sent me just two hours ago. There will be two editions Atari is going to release: a wood edition, and a black-red edition.
Zooming into the back of the Ataribox will reveal an array of new ports – HDMI, USB and SD slots. Could this mean it is going to be based on PC technology or a subset of a smartphone or tablet operating system? Hmm… Here’s what Atari says about this:
“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.”
Atari is apparently not sharing full disclosure of the specs of the Ataribox; rather, a piecemeal kind of reporting which may be a tease or are making sure they develop something awesome, and just not lackluster, wanna-be version.
Do I want one? Of course, I do. Heck! I lost my 2600 console and cartridges after moving houses four times, including my Commodore 64 that came with two disk drives (humongous ones), my Apple II Plus and my Apple IIc, complete with disk drives, Z80 card, modems, etc.
‘Til the next e-mail…
Source: E-mail from Atari (into my inbox)
Photos from source.