atari announces the ataribox
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Atari is Back in the Game With the Ataribox

After their run began in the 1970s, Atari secured an immovable place in video game history with its legendary consoles and video games. Rappers from OutKast to A$AP Rocky have paid homage to the storied system, a staple of ’80s nostalgia. But after a lengthy absence from the console wars, Atari has introduced a forthcoming  system, the Ataribox.

The announcement, which you can read in full here, isn’t specific on an Ataribox release date, price, games or feature list, and according to the release, that’s because it’s still very much in the development stage. Two versions of the console are slated to be released: one black and red, the other black and wood. The latter is in keeping with Atari tradition, as video game heads will remember the distinct faux wood paneling across the front of the original. Naturally, the console will be designed to be compatible with modern video and connection ports—HDMI, USB—as well as new and current video games, but will include “classic gaming content.”

The announcement comes during a particularly busy time in the video game world, as Microsoft is four months from unleashing their newest console, the Xbox One X, and PlayStation slowly-but-surely gears for the arrival of the PlayStation 5, its first new console since the PS4 arrived in 2013. While those two companies have dominated the console market this century, there’s a good chance Atari will be relying on nostalgic adults (like Nintendo did wit the Wii) to pull off the eventual launch.

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