Of all the things I expected out of E3 2017, Atari announcing a new console was last on the list. Heck, it wasn’t even on the list, more scratched in chalk on the tip of my shoe. But it is happening — CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi the company’s plans to get “back [into] the hardware business”.
No, we’re not talking about Atari’s own “NES Classic”, but an entirely new device that will sit alongside the Switch, PS4 and
Xbox One Xbox One S Xbox One X.
For now, all we know is that it’s called the “Ataribox” and will come with “PC technology”, going from VentureBeat’s interview with Chesnais:
“We’re back in the hardware business,” he said.
Chesnais declined to describe a lot of details about the console. But he said it is based on PC technology. He said Atari is still working on the design and will reveal it at a later date.
Other than that, we have the teaser clip above that show… exactly nothing. I guess it’s speculation time folks!