NEWSLETTER: ATARI TEASES NEW CONSOLE & INTEL DISTANCES ITSELF FROM WEARABLES

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”~ Thomas Edison (Inventor)

ATARIBOX ADDS ANOTHER MOMENT OF CLASSIC NOSTALGIA FOR GAMERS

THE STORY

Inspired by the huge demand for NES Classic and SNES Classic, gaming industry pioneers Atari present a new console after 30 years.

WHAT IS ATARIBOX?

As interesting as the question sounds, even we’re not sure whether this new console by Atari is a next-generation gadget, or something in vein of NES and SNES Classic edition. The console was teased first at E3 2017, with a 20 second video that provided a brief glimpse of its classic design aesthetics. Nevertheless, we are still clueless about the console’s capabilities or titles that will be on it.

COULD IT COMPETE WITH SNES CLASSIC MINI?

Since we have some speculations about ‘Ataribox’ having a collection of classic atari games, we’re sure that it will not interfere with SNES Mini in anyway. Although Atari have given signs of providing fresh content for this console, its classic games collection certainly cannot hold a candle to Nintendo’s 16-bit legend.

As per an official Atari email, “Our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” This clearly hints at possibility of next-generation games being featured on Ataribox as well.

WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR?

As seen in the video teaser, the Ataribox has been provided a classic ribbed design, complete with wooden front panel that reminds of their vintage heritage. The console also showed an SD card slot, 4 USB ports and a HDMI port with indicator lights in front panel.

Further reports also suggest that the console will also be shipped in a black/red color alongside the classic wooden finish. Gaming titles haven’t been announced, but we’re expecting favorites like Pac Man, Space Invaders, Pong and Frogger etc. would make a definitive return.


INTEL DROPS A SUDDEN BOMB ON THEIR WEARABLES DIVISION

THE STORY

Intel lays off a major chunk of its wearables department in favor of Augmented Reality tech.

WHAT WENT WRONG?

It all started in 2014, when tech giant Intel acquired Basis, a small time fitness watch enterprise to kickstart their wearables division. This was considered as a major move against archrivals qualcomm and announced plans on several smart devices such as eyewear and smart watches. But unfortunately, Intel’s wearable dreams never reached fruition and their plan soon folded with cold market response.

This has finally led to the eventual dissolution of their wearables department and layoffs for more than 80% of the workforce acquired from Basis. Although the company previously denied the claims last year, this news tells a totally different picture.

WHAT COULD BE THE REASONS?

Most experts suggest that Intel officials weren’t really satisfied with how Basis was acquired. They totally failed with the Basis Peak smartwatch, that couldn’t compete with other popular brands and was recalled due to overheating issues. Moreover, wearables market hasn’t really picked up in the way tech prophets had hoped, hence it only seems natural that they’ve now shifted focus on Augmented Reality.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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