Atari consoles are the stuff of legends. From Pong to the ground-breaking and infinitely-popular 2600, the company has, under various iterations, played a huge part in the development of video games.
Today, however, Atari is little more than a relic of a now fabled time, with nothing worth mentioning happening over much of the last two decades.
All that may be about to change, however, with the development of a new console confirmed by the company’s incumbent CEO.
After Atari teased the “Ataribox” a few weeks ago, the internet went into a frenzy of speculation, fueled by years of yearning for the return of an arcade giant.
Speaking to GamesBeat last Friday, CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed the hype. The Ataribox is coming, and it’s based on PC hardware.
It looks the part – the teaser trailer for the product hints at a vintage wood-grain finish.
It’s the perfect conclusion to months of hopes and dreams, after the trailer for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 teased the prominence of Atari in its anachronous future world.
On the other hand, it could just turn out to be a massive disappointment. While Nintendo has successfully revived a console in the form of the NES Classic, Atari will have to serve up something truly unique to compete.
After decades of absence from the hardware production market, the company has a whole lot of catching up to do.