Ataribox: Everything we know about the retro console so far

After decades of absence, Atari has announced its plans to get back into the console business. Once a dominant force in the gaming industry, Atari left the limelight following the infamous videogame crash of 1983. It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of Atari Jaguar, and the iconic giant is ready to make a comeback with a brand new machine.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything we know about the Ataribox, including all the latest news, release date info, games, specs and more.

What is Ataribox?

Atari has released the very first images of its upcoming console, showcasing a surprisingly modern system that also sports a vintage wooden finish.

This first set of images reveal quite a bit of information regarding the console. It appears it will feature a SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports. You’ve also got what seems to be a headphone jack alongside an ethernet cable port.

The Ataribox will be available in two variants: a black/red version and one with a stylish wood finish. The console looks great, and it will support a ‘ton’ of classic Atari titles alongside modern experiences thanks to its Linux custom interface that will utilise an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card.

Speaking of, Atari alluded to the future library in a recent newsletter by saying, “we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.” Could we be looking at a future competitor to PS4 and Xbox One? Only time will tell.

Ataribox release date – when is it coming out?

Ataribox is set to launch in Spring 2018 with a planned price tag of $249 – $299, Atari announced in a recent newsletter.

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Ataribox games – What can I play on it?

Speaking to Gamesbeat, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the decision to develop a new console was inspired by Nintendo’s success with the NES Mini. Keeping this in mind, it’s possible that the Ataribox will be a reasonably priced bit of kit designed to play classic games.

Atari confirmed recently that its machine will be capable of playing both modern and classic games. The Linux-based machine will sport an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card, so expect it to be capable of supporting a host of different titles.

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