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Atari Confirms it is Working on a New Game Console

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Atari’s CEO Fred Chesnais has reportedly confirmed that his video game company is working on a new game console. In doing so, the company might be cashing in on the popularity of retro games and Nintendo’s NES 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.

Last week, Atari began teasing a new product called the Ataribox.The video released on a non-Atari web site showed a picture of some kind of hardware product, but many people wondered if the teaser was fake. Others had no idea what the video was showing about a “brand new Atari product years in the making.”

After all, nobody makes a game console with wood-grain siding. But at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Chesnais reportedly told some media houses that the rumours were true. “We’re back in the hardware business,” he said. 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.

Chesnais said that Atari’s revival is well under way. Atari filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, but Chesnais bought it and pledged to make it great again. The company is now profitable, and it is engaged in making mobile games. It is licensing its brands more widely, such as licensing its Atari name for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 movie.

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LG Launches Gaming Monitors with a 1 Millisecond Response Time

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At this year’s E3, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the new LG UltraGear Nano IPS NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor, the “world’s first” 1 millisecond (ms) IPS display. The UltraGear is a gamer’s dream come true, employing Nano IPS technology to achieve phenomenal color reproduction, ultra-fast response time and a refresh rate of 144Hz, overclockable to 175Hz. With blazing speed and stunning picture quality, LG’s monitor is the complete package, enabling players to enjoy the most immersive gaming experience yet. 

Available in 38 (model 38GL950G) and 27-inch (model 27GL850) screen sizes, both UltraGear Nano IPS monitors feature fast 144Hz refresh rate, high screen resolutions (38GL950G: 3840 x 1600, 27GL850: 2560 x 1440) and wide color gamut (DCI-P3 98 percent) for incredibly vibrant, flicker-free detailed images. The larger monitor is designed to increase gamers’ sense of immersion with its 21:9 aspect ratio, curved screen, virtually borderless design and the upgraded Sphere Lighting 2.0, RGB lights on the back of the monitor that heighten the ambiance when gaming by altering the colors of the lights to match the on-screen action.

The 27-inch UltraGear is NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible and supports HDR10 while the larger 38-inch model supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC processor, VESA DisplayHDR™ 400 and is certified by NVIDIA through over 300 tests for performance and image quality to provide a great gaming experience. Both monitors deliver smooth motion without tearing or stuttering and include gamer-specific settings such as Dynamic Action Sync mode, Black Stabilizer and Crosshair for ultimate accuracy, especially in FPS games.

LG UltraGear Nano IPS gaming monitors are set to roll out next month, with pre-orders for model 27GL850 commencing in the United States on July 1 with availability in key European markets in the third quarter of this year.

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AMD Announces Division 2 Partnership

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AMD announced a partnership with Ubisoft to provide Radeon gamers with blazingly fast, optimized performance, higher frame rates per second and reduced latency with DirectX 12 technology in the highly anticipated Tom Clancy’s Division 2. (more…)

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Atari Outs New Retro-Themed Gaming Console Based On PC Tech

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Atari has been teasing a new game console since before E3, but the project has been light on details. But an email to fans from the Ataribox team gives a little bit more insight into what’s coming, including a few images.

“Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari,” the email said. “Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.”

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It touched on the ports adding a modernization to the guts of the new unit, adding that the console will offer “classic gaming content” alongside “current” content.

It sounds like the NES Classic coming from Nintendo, although the email did not explain whether that meant new games or remasters of older ones from the Atari library.

Atari is still being coy with the actual specs, the games, the pricing and a release date. OK, it’s being coy with everything else, but it is promising to share things one step at a time because it wants “to get this right” for fans.

It said it has plenty of milestones to hit in the months ahead, and promises status updates as things progress.

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