Atari announces new game console

Susannah Alexander

From Digital Spy

Remember Atari, your favourite retro games company? Well, they're about to push their way back into the console battleground.

It's been 24 years since Atari released their last home console but they've just announced that they will be putting out a brand new one in the near future.

The company's CEO, Fred Chesnais, confirmed that a new console is on the way to GamesBeat, saying: "We're back in the hardware business."

Although he didn't release many details about the new console, he did say that it is based on PC technology and that Atari are still working on the design.

There's currently no word on what kind of games the console will come with – so we'll have to wait to find out if we're getting Pong or RollerCoaster Tycoon.

The new console was teased last week when Atari launched a site called Atari Box, which contains a video of a mysterious wood panelled object.

The move was also teased by Atari's Twitter account, after it wrote: "It's been a long time coming."

Atari used to be a major player in the games industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but it suffered in the video game industry's collapse.

It hasn't launched a console since the Jaguar in 1993, which was promptly discontinued in 1995 after only selling around 125,000, according to Mashable.

Chesnais bought the company in 2013 and made it profitable by focusing on mobile games.

But it looks like they're ready to branch out again and take on the giants like PlayStation and Xbox.

We'll have to see how this plays out...

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