More details emerged today about the mysterious new Ataribox and I’m still confused about it. I’ll admit I’m a young buck and did not grow up with an Atari in the house, but I sure recognize its importance in video game history. I want to like this mysterious new box but it doesn’t sound all that exciting.
Here’s what we know. It’s a box that will play Atari games being made by Atari. Details were released today most likely to coincide with the new Blade Run trailer. It has four USB ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and a place to plug in a network cable.
What does it do?
Via these new renders, we can see it has a ribbed black plastic which is a nice callback to the old Atari consoles. It also comes in two versions, one one with a wood front and the other with black glass.
There is no slot for an Atari cartridge so you can assume they will come on the system via emulation. Is this Atari’s take on the NES Classic? Probably.
The AtariBox mailing that went out this morning curiously says it runs, “current gaming content”. This certainly sounds like it’s going be a set top Android console.
Also from the mailing:
We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. 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 Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so.
Here’s hoping the Ataribox features the legendary ET game… But seriously what games hold up? Pitfall 2? River Raid? H.E.R.O? Are you excited? I’m very confused by the roll out, but I’m going keep an eye on it and lets be thankful we no longer need this cord to run it.