Atari's 'PC technology-based' Ataribox will echo NES Classic

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Atari is making a comeback into the video games market after almost 24 years

Well, as spotted by The Verge, Atari has now revealed a smidgeon more information on its mysterious new console, alongside a couple of hints as to what it will actually do.

While the retro gaming firm hasn't yet released any firm specifications regarding its fresh gaming machine, we now know it will arrive in glossy black with ribbed lines and a raised back; an ode to the original console released in 1977. But, given the fact the rear panel is sporting four USB ports, a HDMI connection, SD slot, and ethernet port, it's evidently going to have modern internals. "As you can guess", says the newsletter, "those ports suggest modern internal specs", whatever that means.

Previous comments made by Atari's current CEO Fred Chesnais teased that Ataribox runs on PC technology. In a deviation from the emulation-based retro games of the Mini NES and SNES, it added that the Ataribox will play "classic" and "current" games. One is a more modern black/red box, while the other features wood panelling, which serves as a nice callback to the Atari 2600. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", reads an Atari statement.

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While the wait continues for pricing details, availability and a release date, the images contained in the newsletter expand on a brief teaser trailer unveiled during E3 2017 which formally announced Atari's unexpected return to the games hardware business.

You won't be surprised to learn that the Ataribox will be available with a number of classic games to let you bask in the early days of console gaming where we sat on the carpet in front of tiny tube TVs (with rabbit ears on the back, of course). We also don't know the actual specs of the hardware but hopefully more will be revealed soon. "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".

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