There wasn't any mention of specific specs or what kinds of games the Ataribox would play, although the newsletter did mention that there would be two editions - a black/red version and a wood version - and the console would come with an SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports. But while the Nintendo consoles are largely exact [design] replicas of their respective counterparts (after being hit with a shrink ray, of course), the Ataribox melds retro touches with a modern flavor.
The Ataribox was teased around E3 2017.
After going bust (again) in 2013, Chesnais has refocused the company on licensing and mobile and is turning a profit again, so much so that it appears to have the working capital to start building stuff again, for the first time since the Atari Jaguar in 1993.
In an email newsletter sent out to fans, Atari have given the first glimpse at it's mysterious upcoming console; the "Ataribox" which is clearly harking back to the company's first foray into home-gaming with the wood-panelled Atari 2600.
Atari shared images and new details of its upcoming Ataribox games console
Atari isn't providing any more information on pricing, release dates, game content, or even full specs right now. One is a wood edition and the other is the pictured red and black. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing".
According to the newsletter, the Ataribox will be of delivering both "classic" and "current gaming content".
It could be another android style console so we might be seeing games that aren't AAA. While the internal hardware has yet to be detailed, there's the suggestion then that the Ataribox could be more powerful than your average retro console. "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 this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so", Atari further said.More news: RIP Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor has died at age 89