LAST week a mysterious website appeared online and showcased what was believed to be a new console by Atari.
The site only contained a short video of dubious nature, which made people question if the announcement was authentic.
Any concerns over a hoax were abolished when Atari chief executive Fred Chesnais confirmed the speculation at E3.
“We’re back in the hardware business,” he told VentureBeat.
Mr Chesnais refused to give further details about the console, but said it will based on PC technology.
He added the company was still working on the design for the “Ataribox” and a final product would be revealed at a later date.
The move will make Atari the latest company to cash in on the popularity of retro games, with Nintendo’s Mini NES and Sega’s classic retro gaming console both being highly popular when released last year.
The Atari first appeared on the market in 1972, when co-founders Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney designed an arcade version of Pong it distributed to bars, bowling alleys and shopping centres.
By 1976, Atari had designed a home TV version of its Pong arcade, which came complete with a colour screen and audio from a speaker inside the oddly shaped pedestal console.
One year later, the Atari Video Computer System 2600 was released, with two joysticks, two paddle controllers and a two player game with 27 variations included.
Over the next couple of years, Atari released iconic games such as Space Invaders, Missile Command, Pac Man and Asteroids.
In 1982, the company released its new, high end game console — the Atari 5200 Super System. The new console included controllers with speed sensitive 360 degree analog joysticks and a full 12 button keypad, which was highly innovative for its time.
Fast forward to 1993 and the company released its last console, the ill-fated Atari Jaguar.
While we don’t know that the latest product will hold, let’s hope it is something special.
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