Atari unveils first images of its Ataribox console

From Atari. It's got four USB ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and a place to plug in a network cable. The upcoming games console will be available in a classic wood throwback edition in addition to a more contemporary looking red and black variant. Atari also shared some pictures of the console, showing two variants.

No further details on the games were given, however, Atari did show off how the Ataribox will look.

Atari do, however, say they're not just creating the Ataribox for old-school gaming goodness.

Here is a shot of the back of the unit.

Like the NES Classic and SNES Classic, the Ataribox takes inspiration from its predecessors - in this case, the Atari 2600.

Speaking of games, Atari promises the console will have "modern" specs, and that the Ataribox will serve up both classic content as well as more current games. Atari has, in the meantime, chose to not give away all its cards in one go and rather made a decision to take its own time as it should.

The mystery as to what users can play on the Ataribox deepened when the company also said it wants to have current gaming content.

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.

It's implied that the new console won't be out for some time, but the best guess would be that it's some kind of Android-based microconsole like Ouya. Whatever that Mad Catz one was. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing".

Unless they have no real idea what the Ataribox will do either, they're teasing us intentionally. But we do know what the hardware will look like.

Vanessa Coleman