Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview that his fabled video game company is working on a new game console.
In doing so, the New York company might be cashing in on the popularity of retro games and Nintendo’sNES Classic Edition, which turned out to be surprisingly popular for providing a method to easily play old games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda in HD on a TV.
Chesnais declined to describe a lot of details about the console. But he said it is based on PC technology. He said Atari is still working on the design and will reveal it at a later date.
It seems extremely unlikely that this will be a console in the Xbox, Playstation, or Switch sense, but if it’s based on PC technology, it won’t be some rebranded Android tablet either. I wasn’t an Atari kid when I was young – PC and Nintendo all the way – so I have no sense of nostalgia for the company, but I’m still intrigued.
If it’s based on PC tech, it won’t be an emulator like the NES Classic or similar emulations of old consoles. None of those are PC tech. Most arcade systems and both top consoles out right now are all PC tech, so Atari is probably looking at trying to steal the low-end market from Sony and MS.