Ataribox Revealed


Community and Technical Manager
Staff member
Jun 1, 2007
Newnan, GA
Atari started teasing its Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a “brand new Atari product.” While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted the Ataribox would be housed in wood like the 2600, the video game maker has not provided many details about the console until today. Atari is now teasing more, including what the Ataribox looks like.

In an email to Atari fans, the company reveals “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” The new Ataribox is clearly inspired by the classic wood found on the Atari 2600, and the new console features ribbed lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood. Indicator lights glow through these materials, and Atari is including SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the Ataribox. Two versions of the Ataribox will be released, one in wood, and one in black / red.

Atari plans to deliver classic games in the Ataribox, alongside “current content.” It’s not clear if that current content involves simply republishing Rollercoaster Tycoon, but it appears that the Ataribox will be similar to the NES and SNES Classic in providing access to old titles in modern retro hardware. While Atari has licensed its brand recently, the company is involved in the creation of the Ataribox. Hopefully that doesn’t mean Atari is just licensing its brand again for a partner to create and manage the hardware.

Atari isn’t providing any more information on pricing, release dates, game content, or even full specs right now. “We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing,” reads an Atari statement. “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.”

No idea what this thing is. Current and classic games? Some kind of steam box? No disc drive from what I can tell.


Superior Member
Dec 26, 2015
I don't know about any "current" Atari games but if it's nothing but the old stuff, HDMI or not, you can't make Atari games look good. I owned one as a kid but we only had about 8 games for it. My favorite game was always Adventure where you're being chased around by "dragons" aka colored blocks.


Extreme Poster
Mar 27, 2006
I think it looks better in red. The indicator lights are smaller too.

No disc drive probably means the Ataribox will be pretty affordable. The specs might not end up being much to talk about either. I would guess the Ataribox is the company's way of gauging consumer interest in the brand before they actually set out to compete with Sony and Microsoft.


Extreme Poster
Mar 27, 2006
So, they're anticipating the hardware to be comparable to mid-range 2017 PCs. You will also be able to install Linux-compatible applications for things like streaming, music and internet.

The release date is Q2 2018 with an expected price of $250 to $300.

Based on further information that was released in September.
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