By: Imran Chaudhry
A few weeks ago now Atari teased a new console, the Ataribox, which we talked about in our article here. This passed weekend more information has been released on the box from Atari. If you signed up to the newsletter on the Ataribox website, you would have received and email (obtained via Polygon) with some specs information, what ports it has and the visual design of the console. Going with a retro vibe, Atari are staying true to their roots with two versions of the console, one with a front panel of classic 90s style wood and another with a plain black glass panel. There will be lights that glow through the panel and the Atari logo, which will be orange/red on the glass panel and white on the wood version.
In terms of ports, the console has the usual HDMI port, 4 USB ports (unsure whether these will be USB 2.0, 3.0 or a mix) and an SD card slot. These will all be on the back of the console, along with what looks like an Ethernet port. Interestingly, Atari states “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.” So it looks like, as expected, this will be similar to the NES Classic that Nintendo released, but will also feature new games too. Without more information it’s any persons guess as to what these internal specs will be, what kind of new games the console can support and whether this entire project will be any good in such a competitive and rapidly changing market.
There is no cartridge slot, so this gives the impression the classic games will all be digital, with maybe some special releases on SD card. Perhaps the Ataribox will emulate the NES Classic with a selection of preloaded classic games, however the Ethernet port suggests you may be able to have access to downloadable classic content as well as new releases. The SD card slot is most certainly meant for the new games that will be coming to the console. Whether these will be AAA titles, much like the Nintendo Switch is transferring some AAA games to SD cards, time will tell.