The intriguing name of Ataribox and the minimum of useful information. During the E3 conference, the company’s CEO, Fred Chesnais, in one of the interviews mentioned that the device is based on “PC technology”. Plus there is a short teaser with beautiful images of something corrugated from wood and plastic. And that’s all.
Atari – not the brand, the mention of which can excite the hearts of modern gamers. The peak of popularity of this company fell on the 70-80-s of the last century, when the PC as such have not yet won the market. But with the rise of the Nintendo platform, Atari’s positions in the gaming industry were lost, and the company re-qualified for software development. In fact, in the console world, nothing has been heard about it since 1996.
And now, after two decades, Atari announced a return with a new product called Aratibox. The most likely version is the “classic” game console, similar to Nintendo’s NES Classic Mini or Sega Mega Drive Classic . A PC emulator with its own game repository, which uses an external monitor. However, the company already has a similar product Atari Flashback, two new versions of which have been announced just recently.
Maybe Ataribox is part of the line for the “Internet of things” over which Atari works in conjunction with Sigfox? Speculation on this topic can be long, but in the absence of detailed information – unproductive. It’s easier to have patience and wait for a full presentation of the novelty.