Atari Comeback?

I thought I saw this somewhere on GRG but couldn’t find it in search. Looks like Atari is coming back with the Ataribox which will be based off of PC technology. Been a long time since Atari and their consoles died out.

A new Atari video game console is on the way, according to the company’s CEO Fred Chesnais.

Atari has released a mysterious video teasing a brand new piece of hardware called the Ataribox. Though the video doesn’t reveal much, it does suggest the console will sport some sort of wood-grain design.

In an interview with GamesBeat, Chesnais addressed the speculation and rumors, confirming Atari is indeed “back in the hardware business.”

While Chesnais did not provide further details about the hardware, he did confirm the Ataribox will be based on PC technology. Chesnais also said the system’s design is still not finalized and that more information about the console will be shared at a later date.

Atari’s last home console was the Atari Jaguar, which released in North America in 1993. While you wait for more information about the Ataribox, check out IGN’s extensive feature on the history Atari, as well as the new Atari Flashback 8 Gold that’s launching this September.

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I wonder if this will last. I mean, it honestly can’t compete with the top three brands currently flourishing. Other than the initial nostalgic purchases I see it dying out


Yeah but I don’t know besides the brand if they are going for nostalgia.

Steambox 2.0?

They said it was based off of PC technology, so I wonder if they may be going for more than a retro console ala the NES Classic. When you go to the website for the Ataribox, it has a link for Devs, which composes an email with the subject “I’m a developer and want to know more about your platform”. That makes me wonder if they’re looking to put newer games on as well…

Everything I have read is that they are looking at a newer console not a retro console. They already had the Atari system for sale a few years ago with the old games.

They will definitely hit some retro titles, but I wouldn’t be surprised if those are remasters/re-imaginings of old Atari classics.

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See you I believe…you don’t have a lies thread.

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Known as a pioneer in the formation of the video arcade and modern video game industries, Atari is stepping back into the hardware business with a new game console — its first in more than 20 years.

The New York company, swimming with the tide on the popularity and nostalgia of retro games, recently began teasing the Ataribox with an advertisement showing a “brand new Atari product years in the making.”

Atari also is piggybacking off the success of video game companies rebooting their old models. Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, according to VentureBeat, turned out to be surprisingly popular for providing a method to easily play old games like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda” on TVs that didn’t exist when the video games were first released.

“We’re back in the hardware business,” Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in an interview with GamesBeat. He said it is based on PC technology, and Atari is currently working on the design to be revealed at a later date.

Atari filed for bankruptcy in 2013, but Chesnais bought the company, which is now profitable and making mobile games. It also is licensing its brands in more extensive fashions — including to the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel to be released in movie theaters this October.

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Atari has released pictures of their new console.

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The latest on Ataribox: release late spring 2018, costs 250-300.

Not much else, according to Engadget.

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A little more info from Venturebeat

Runs on Linux with an AMD processor with Radeon graphics. They say it can run mid range PC games, but can’t handle high end AAA titles. It will be interesting to see how this lines up in performance with the Switch, because delivering less capability for that price will be a failure.

Atari has a new console…did anyone know about this happening?

When Atari first announced the Ataribox last summer, gamers that are into all things retro were rightfully excited. The forthcoming console even looked like the Atari that gamers of the '80s grew up with. Not long after, likely many folks got a bit worried when pre-orders were delayed in December, with some fearing the entire project could be nothing more than vaporware. However, as the Ataribox draws a bit closer to prime time, it has undergone a name change to the Atari VCS.

We already knew that the Atari VCS would have an AMD APU inside with integrated Radeon graphics and would offer a “full PC experience,” as well as built in retro classic titles. This means the ability to surf the web, send email, stream music, and do all that PC stuff you might want on your TV in the living room. It will also play more modern game titles as well as Atari titles. Recently, however, new details on the Atari VCS have turned up in a Eurogamer interview with Michael Arzt, COO of Atari Connected Devices during this year’s Game Developers Conference.

Arzt says that Atari is targeting two groups, with one being the folks over 35-years-old who remember playing the console and playing Atari games in the arcade. The other group is the younger crowd that Arzt says see Atari as more of a cool old brand and want modern capabilities like Streaming video services such as Hulu and Netflix. Arzt says that the Atari VCS is less expensive than a PC and eliminates the need to connect a laptop to the TV. The VCS will support a wireless or USB mouse and keyboard and supports Bluetooth.

Arzt got even more specific noting that any Bluetooth or USB controller will work with the VCS. The price point for the Atari VCS is $249 to $299, but Arzt says that “we’re always hoping we can do better.” As for the official controllers that people might want, Atari is working with a peripheral partner to build its controllers because Arzt says “we want it to be a good one, that’s important for us.” The controllers will be announced, “a little bit further down the line.”

As for why Atari is showing off the hardware now without having details on something as important as controllers ready, Arzt essentially says it is to prove to the naysayers that cried “vaporware” back in December that the console is real. The exec says that the showstopper in December was the controller.

Arzt said, “We did not like the controller we had before, we did not like the partner we were working with, we did not like the business plan, we did not like the design. It did not fit with the other stuff. That was the thing that ultimately paused it there, but it was a great opportunity to [say] hey, we’re paused now, we’ll take a breath, let’s do a top-to-bottom audit of everything else, right? There were things that were good, but we felt like if we do this to it, it’ll be even better. Timing wise, we realised we’re going forward with this, but it’s not baked yet, so let’s bake it so more.”

Arzt says that Atari will disclose more about the product and the pre-order program by the end of this month. He declined to give any details on exactly what that announcement might entail.

Looking at the Indiegogo site, it looks like an AMD A10, Radeon R7, and 4GB ram. Seems pretty underpowered. I’m not sure how anyone is going to justify 200-300 bucks for this.

I’m just not sure what the purpose is?

And the money Nintendo made off of their device. But I think they priced themselves out of that market.

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Nostalgia, cash grab, you name it. I am curious what some of these remasters will look like, but the only one they’re showing is Tempest 4000, which doesn’t look that much different than the original. I definitely don’t see enough for a console priced more than the XBox One S.

Launch calendar for the Atari VCS

  • Arrival in the United States of the first units for professional use
  • Delivery in the fall for the retail units, with a priority for the Indiegogo campaign
  • Start of sales campaigns in the summer for delivery at the end of the year

Paris, June 26, 2020 – The Atari Group, one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers, announces that it has received delivery in the United States of the first VCS units from the initial production batch of 500 units.

These first 96 units will be allocated in priority to professional partners, mainly developers, testers, media, influencers, and retailers, to develop and support the Atari VCS ecosystem as well as the launch of the upcoming sales campaigns. These units are not intended for private use.

The first units for the general public will be delivered this fall, together with the remaining units from the initial production batch. They will be allocated in priority to the 10,000 pre-orders from the Indiegogo campaign.

During the summer, Atari will launch various public sale campaigns, mainly in the United States, for delivery at the end of 2020.

The pursuit of production and deliveries remains dependent on the continuity of production activities and international transport flows. Atari will continue to keep its clients and shareholders informed of the evolution of the situation.