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Atari Retro: handheld in wooden design with 50 games announced

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Gadgets

The British online retailer Funstock works with a license from Atari on a handheld, which is to appear with 50 pre-installed games before the end of 2017. What is striking about the Atari Retro is, above all, the design, which with its wooden optics on consoles from the 80's reminds. However, for the device no tree has to die, in fact it consists only of plastic.

50 games are preinstalled on the handheld, others can not be added. Not all of the titles are classic, but a few legendary timekeepers are in the list: Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, Pong and Tempest.
The Atari Retro cost around 35 pounds (about 38 euros), plus shipping costs. It has a 2.4 inch screen, an audio / video output for connection to TVs, and a headphone jack. An HDMI adapter is available as an option. AAA batteries are required for the power supply.
In addition to the handheld, a retro plug-and-play joystick is also available with the Atari license, which can be connected directly to the TV and has the same 50 games installed. Cost point: 25 pounds (about 27 euros).
Atari works on his own console
Atari itself announced in summer 2017 the Ataribox, which will also be available in a version with wood optics. The manufacturer says the console is designed for "classic game content", but also "for delivering current game content". Information on technology, business models and scheduling has not yet been available.

The Ataribox is not to be a competition for the Playstation 4, the Xbox One or the Nintendo Switch, but rather a simple console for smaller games from the Indiegames – similar to the Android-based console Ouya (unsuccessful) would have.
The current company Atari has only the name and logo in common with the cult company of the 1980s, it is currently earning its money mainly by marketing its classics as mobile games.


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