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Emabulator 06-18-2017 12:53 PM

Report: Atari CEO Fred Chesnais Confirms Company Is Working On New Console
 

Game Informer has the story.

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Earlier this month, Atari released a cryptic video on its website, showing off sleek visuals of new hardware with a wood-grain design. The video doesn't show much, but it teased that Atari is returning to the console market. Now, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat, CEO Fred Chesnais confirms Atari is making a console comeback.

Atari's last console to release was the Atari Jaguar in 1993. Although the company played a big part in making video game history, it is barely present today in the industry. Chesnais told VentureBeat that, "We’re back in the hardware business."

Details are slim, but Chesnais confirmed that the upcoming console, codenamed the Ataribox, is PC-based and that the design of the hardware is not yet finalized.

Evil Avatar 06-18-2017 12:59 PM

Sweet. I'm sure they will still be trying to mostly cash in on the retro emulation craze, but if the price is right and enough great games are included it could be worthwhile.

BeardedSonOfNel 06-18-2017 01:49 PM

Have you played your Atari today?

Major Dan 06-18-2017 02:23 PM

I want one so bad, all ready. So when it fails I will have a piece of gaming history. I wish I had the money for a Jaguar back in the day.

NESter the Unlikely 06-18-2017 02:26 PM

Please don't actually buy an Ouya Ataribox.

Terran 06-18-2017 02:48 PM

Just buy one of the Atari bundles on Steam. Atari fix sated. Next.

brandonjclark 06-18-2017 04:05 PM

Yeah, it will probably be a retrobox. Ugh...

Mad Max RW 06-18-2017 04:41 PM

In reality it will be a French Infrogrames box. They bought the brand and took the name some years ago then focused primarily on casino games.

Meeks 06-18-2017 09:13 PM

Well if I had any questions before, they've all been answered by the informative video!

Male Chauvinist 06-18-2017 10:23 PM

I'm hoping it's an indie console, we really need a cheap box to play indie games on and a place for actual gamers to gather away from all the casuals and women.

Sinistar 06-19-2017 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Male Chauvinist (Post 2486259)
I'm hoping it's an indie console, we really need a cheap box to play indie games on and a place for actual gamers to gather away from all the casuals and women.

Oh, that exists already - it's called a PC or mobile device. :)

Scherge 06-19-2017 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Sinistar (Post 2486272)
Oh, that exists already - it's called a PC or mobile device. :)

He clearly said "away from all the casuals and women", so I presume he was talking about the Nvidia Shield... ;)

I certainly expect this thing to be yet another retro console with pre-installed ROMs, like the Flashback devices.

BeardedSonOfNel 06-19-2017 01:10 PM

Well the CEO has said it is PC based, so I'm guessing it isn't just some retro machine with a hand full of pre-installed ROMs.

blackzc 06-19-2017 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by NESter the Unlikely (Post 2486224)
Please don't actually buy an Ouya Ataribox.

Atari says this console will be based on PC architecture. Which blew my mind.

The first thing i thought was that they were going to be using cheap powerful mobile hardware. I honestly want them to kick ass.


Atari and Nintendo, ruling the console market. Life is as it should be.

blackzc 06-19-2017 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by BeardedSonOfNel (Post 2486307)
Well the CEO has said it is PC based, so I'm guessing it isn't just some retro machine with a hand full of pre-installed ROMs.

:D:DThey are innit to winnit. And with everyone all fucked up on drugs like in the 70s, now is the perfect time to release a wood grain console. :D:D

BeardedSonOfNel 06-19-2017 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by blackzc (Post 2486321)
:D:DThey are innit to winnit. And with everyone all fucked up on drugs like in the 70s, now is the perfect time to release a wood grain console. :D:D

Amen Brother!

Male Chauvinist 06-19-2017 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Sinistar (Post 2486272)
Oh, that exists already - it's called a PC or mobile device. :)

Mobile is casual only and as for PC there is no proper indie market there, steam is a AAA market not an indie market.

Scherge 06-20-2017 03:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Male Chauvinist (Post 2486380)
Mobile is casual only and as for PC there is no proper indie market there, steam is a AAA market not an indie market.

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JazGalaxy 06-20-2017 03:54 AM

I wonder what Atari thinks is missing from the industry right now that they could fix. I think they definitely could make a go of it, right now, if they had a unique take on the industry. The PS4 is still selling the same game console they came out with 17 years ago, really, aside from VR. The games industry has been very stagnant and could use a good shakeup. I'm finding that in VR, but I'm sure other people would be open to other suggestions.

blackzc 06-20-2017 04:19 AM

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Originally Posted by JazGalaxy (Post 2486391)
I wonder what Atari thinks is missing from the industry right now that they could fix. I think they definitely could make a go of it, right now, if they had a unique take on the industry.

One thing that i would love to see is a respite from the mainstream. Nintendo did a great job with the WiiU and im sure the Switch will be great but more would be better.

I absolutely hate sifting through the ads of TV shows, movies and other bro tier or SJW-like bullcrap on the PS4. It ruins the atmosphere and to me makes the console feel like a flee market for whatever. No theme, no meaning. It sucks.


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