The NES Mini (quickly to be adopted by Nintendo’s SNES Mini) opened the floodgates for a retro-console revival – reworked variations of traditional machines with all of the mod-cons you’d require to play at present. At E3 a resurrected Atari teased its personal entry into the market – the Ataribox – and now it is given us a number of extra particulars on what to anticipate from it.
Taking its cues from the Atari 2600, the corporate is planning on releasing two variations of the machine – one with the traditional black and wooden panelling design, and one other with crimson accents. Each could have a raised again and ‘ribbing’, making it paying homage to the console that impressed it, whereas choices for glass or wooden entrance finishes might be accessible.
It will nonetheless have some options extra in keeping with fashionable expectations – a HDMI port could be discovered on the rear together with 4 USB ports, with assist inbuilt for SD card growth, which suggests makes use of will be capable to sideload their very own content material on the machine. This contrasts with Nintendo’s strategy, locking down the software program to solely the pre-loaded titles that ship out of the field.
Perhaps most intriguingly, Atari means that the Ataribox may even assist “current gaming content” via “modern internal specs”. While the inner has but to be detailed, there’s the suggestion then that the Ataribox might be extra highly effective than your common retro console. Whether it will be enjoying PC software program (the ‘field is expected to run PC hardware) or a few of the newer titles in Atari’s again catalogue.
However, with no pricing or agency launch date data but set, not to mention an entire spec sheet, there’s some trepidation right here. Retro followers, notably of the Atari period, have been burnt just lately – a Spectrum revival ended with disastrous results, with a Kickstarter marketing campaign that by no means delivered what was anticipated. Though Atari now licenses its model out, it is moved to reassure followers that every one goes effectively with the Ataribox.
“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,” stated an e-mail from the Ataribox staff.
“There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress.”