Atari Flashback Portable Revives The Atari 2600 As A Handheld Console

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We can’t believe it, either, but retro gaming is still in full swing for some reason. People just can’t seem to get enough of the vintage classics the 80s and 90s left in its wake. Atari has been no stranger to that, as they’ve been doing reissues of their consoles since the early 2000s. This time around, they’re going the mobile route with the Flashback Portable, a handheld version of the classic Atari 2600 console from 1982.

Finally, they finally miniaturized the ancient guts of the Atari 2600 enough to cram it inside a handheld console. That way, you can enjoy playing classic titles like Breakout, Missile Command, and Centipede while inside a self-driving Uber, flying on a jetpack, or commuting on a passenger drone in 2017.

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The Atari Flashback Portable has you playing on a 3.2-inch display, although a built-in AV out on top lets you hook it up to a TV for big screen gameplay. Since tactile controls are important for classic button mashers, it gets a round D-pad and six action buttons to satisfy your restless thumbs. It comes with 60 games pre-installed, with an SD card slot for adding ROMs of any other game you can get your hands on online, so you can play, pretty much, everything the platform supported. Features include a built-in speaker and a battery rated at six hours of gameplay. It measures 5.5 x 2.5 x 0.75 inches (width x height x depth).

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Available now, the Atari Flashback Portable is priced at $49.99.

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