July 23 2017, updated 5:40am

Atari’s new console unveiled, crowdfunding likely

KEITH MILBURN
Last updated 15:46 18/07/2017
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Two kids playing on an Atari 2600 in 1983.

The Ataribox, Atari's first new gaming console in more than 20 years.

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Atari has revealed its new console, the Ataribox. The system will be "delivering classic gaming content, [and] also be delivering current gaming content" according to a media release received by Kotaku.

Two designs are available - one with red/black accents, and another with classic wood panelling like Atari's earliest systems.

The console will also feature HDMI, 4xUSB ports and an SD-card slot. No further technical specs have been announced.

It's unlikely that the system will be ready for release in 2017.

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In a French note to investors (picked up on by Eurogamer), it's likely that the Ataribox will be crowdfunded to help it reach the market. This was a detail left out of today's press release. "To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign," the note read.

Rumours of a new Atari game console first surfaced at this year's E3 gaming event in June after a short video was released at www.ataribox.com.

The Ataribox is the company's first new console in more than 20 years. Their last system was 1993's Jaguar. It was deemed a commercial failure, due to the release of the more-popular PlayStation in 1995, and a lofty price tag.

 - NZGamer.com

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