Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

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Although we do not know for sure, the hardware details, nor the pricing and availability specifics of the Ataribox yet, we now know that it will be "something new that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari".

Atari is also looking to make the Ataribox a bit more user-friendly and expandable than its Nintendo rivals through the addition of an SD card slot and four USB ports (in addition the requisite HDMI port).

The selection of ports further confirms that Atari's upcoming platform isn't exclusively intended for playing retro games.

The NES Mini (soon to be followed by Nintendo's SNES Mini) opened the floodgates for a retro-console revival - reworked versions of classic machines with all the mod-cons you'd require to play today.

Gaming company Atari shared some images of the new Ataribox console in a message to fans on Monday (which we saw via The Verge) as well as some details about its spec sheet.

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There are two versions: one uses the black and brown wood combination, while the other features a bright red on the front and back to match the dark top.

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

Atari started teasing its Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a "brand new Atari product". However, Atari also wants to release "current content" too, which could mean any number of things.

Still, whatever the Ataribox ends up being, the one definite takeaway is that it'll certainly look nice on your mantelpiece, or wherever the hell it is that you keep your games consoles. We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition. We'll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride! Atari didn't give any more details and said more info on specs, games, features, price, and release date would come later.

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