Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

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Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Postby Dr. Zoidberg » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:43 pm

Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Your retro gaming icon wants back into the console business.

Twenty four years after the company put out its last home console, Atari announced Friday that it will release a new console for an already crowded mass market.

In an exclusive interview with GameBeats, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the New York company had big plans in the works.

“We’re back in the hardware business,” he said.

The move was teased last week, when Atari launched a site for something called the Atari Box. The site featured a video of a wood-paneled something that could only be the Atari Box.



At this point, little else is known. Chesnais only seems to have told GameBeats that the Atari Box (Or maybe it's Ataribox?) uses PC technology (which, what console doesn't?). He also said they are still finalizing the design and will show it off some time in the future. There is no word on what kind of games would be provided for it or how development would work.

Atari led the market in home console adoption in the late 1970s and largely contributed to the video game industry's collapse with its oversaturation of poor quality titles. The company launched its last console, the sad-fated Jaguar, in 1993. The Jaguar was discontinued in 1995, selling only about 125,000 units — compare that with one of its competitors, the Super Nintendo, which sold almost 50 million.

After Atari filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, Chesnais bought the company and made it profitable by focusing on mobile games. He told GameBeats that he sees the Ataribox as another step in the company's revival.

Good luck, buddy.

Source: Mashable

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Re: Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Postby Dr. Zoidberg » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:26 pm


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Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.

Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition..

As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.

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Re: Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Postby melancholy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:34 pm

I mean, it looks okay. But there's still barely any detail about it. I don't see how this will fit into the market.

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Re: Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Postby Matisfaction » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:57 pm

I'm mildly intrigued...

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Re: Atari, yes Atari, confirms it's making a new game console

Postby Calavera » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:50 am

Atari is just a name now, it isn't like it has anything to do with the Atari that existed from the 70s-90s. My guess is it will be just some sort of generic machine that could just has easily been labeled as Coleco,Intellivision,Commodore etc..
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