Atari has confirmed it is making a video games console for the first time in more than 20 years.
The iconic gaming company, known for classic titles such as Pong, released its first home console, the 2600, in 1977.
It went on to launch several generations of consoles before it was overtaken by Nintendo, Sega and Sony, and its last full release was the Atari Jaguar in 1993.
It filed for bankruptcy in 2013, emerging a year later as a company focused largely on mobile and online casino games.
Atari’s chief executive Fred Chesnais told the Gamesbeat website: “We’re back in the hardware business.” It comes after the company teased a short video appearing to show the front of the console.
The video reveals little about the “Atari Box” but does display wood panelling, a signature feature of its older consoles. Mr Chesnais said it would be based on PC technology, raising the prospect it could run emulator software and play classic Atari games.
Some of the world’s most iconic early video games ran on Atari consoles, including Pong, Pac-Man and Asteroids.
Retro gaming has seen a revival in recent years, exemplified by the success of Nintendo’s NES Classic Mini, which quickly became a sell-out before being controversially discontinued this year. Nintendo is reportedly working on a mini version of the NES’s successor, the Super Nintendo.
The Atari 2600, originally called the Atari VCS, was controlled with a joystick and one button, and is credited with popularising consoles that played different games on cartridges that could be switched in and out.
Around 30 million of the consoles were sold. Further hardware, the 5200 and 7800, followed before the launch of the Jaguar in 1993. However, the console suffered from a lack of support and sold just 250,000 units before it was discontinued.