Atari shows off two Ataribox versions; Offers some details on features

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Atari confirmed the presence of four USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port for video output.

Taking its cues from the Atari 2600, the company is planning on releasing two versions of the machine - one with the classic black and wood panelling design, and another with red accents.

According to the newsletter, the Ataribox will be of delivering both "classic" and "current gaming content". 'It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content'.

Ms. Pac-Man found a home on several Atari consoles, including the 2600, 5200, and 7800.

Atari (or rather that company that bought the name when the actual Atari went bankrupt) is going to follow in Nintendo's footsteps with its Ataribox console - announcing a device created to play retro games.

If I was asked to guess I'd say the Ataribox will include hardware with a similar spec to the latest Raspberry Pi.

Atari has been teasing a new game console since before E3, but the project has been light on details. In the end, Nintendo didn't come close to meeting demand, but it did show other game companies the value of mining nostalgia. So, we can expect to see brand new licensed games for the console, although we doubt that we'll be seeing anything approaching Xbox One X- or PlayStation 4 Pro-level graphics here. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", the company said. Atari has said it isn't deliberately being teasing, but rather wants to make sure it gets things right.

Atari will give more information about the new console in the next couple of months including information about the internal hardware and types and prices of games.

However, it's still not clear whether or not the Ataribox will ship with preloaded games or how gamers will be able to access additional titles beyond any games it may ship with.

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