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Gear Lust – The Ataribox


The Ataribox is an upcoming gaming console that will play Atari 2600 games. It will also run on Linux and let users install compatible games.

Interestingly, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said back in 2015 that the company doesn’t have any plans to create a new console. Despite this, a trailer came out during the E3 2017 gaming expo revealing the Ataribox.

At first glance, the console looked like a revamp of Atari 2600 console – particularly because of its wood-like panel. And apparently, the Ataribox is an updated version. As mentioned earlier, the console will play Atari 2600 games via emulation.

This was confirmed by an email sent by Atari to people who signed up for notifications from the Ataribox website.


The Ataribox will be crowdfunded via Indiegogo. The news came out in a French note to investors last November, which unfortunately didn’t spread despite the excitement for the console. “To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note reads.

While the Indiegogo was scheduled last December 14, Atari revealed that the crowdfunding has been officially paused.

What Ataribox will look like

Atari’s images show two designs:

  • One has a black shell save with a red illuminated panel on the back.
  • The other looks like the Atari 2600 with a black chassis and a wood grain front (apparently the wood is real).

The black/red design comes with a front-facing red illuminated Atari logo, while the black/brown design has a front-facing white illuminated logo.