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September 2017 Retro Gaming Article


September 1, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Another Atari hardware announcement arrives with little credible detail. Atari Retro Handheld - Real or fake?

Atari Retro Handheld
Similar to the AtariBox announcement in June, we are now hearing about a handheld device with built-in games... and few specifics.
Some fans and a few gaming news sites (IGN for example) are tentatively publishing info about another piece of upcoming Atari hardware. While most news outlets have somewhat dubious info/specs, they all point back to Funstock Retro in the UK who lists the Atari Retro Handheld as an upcoming product.

The images seem rough and don't really look like actual product shots, which leads me to question the authenticity of this portable handheld announcement. BTW - who announced it? I can't find any Atari press releases.

Even the earlier news about the AtariBox - announcement coming from Atari - seemed odd to me. Both the AtariBox and this Atari Retro Handheld fly in the face of agreements I presume are in place with AtGames who manufacture the Atari Flashback console and portable. Why would atari come to market with hardware that seemingly duplicates (or infringes upon) products they already licence?

I have my doubts about the Atari Retro Handheld details. Atari needs to make the announcement, not a reseller. The lack of chatter and publication about it makes me wonder if this is a prank of some sort. Time will tell... as always.

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