Against all odds – and perhaps logic – Intellevision is developing a new console.
Yes, so far as we can tell, this recently announced Intellivision device is going to be a brand-new console and not a mini-console/classic edition version of an old Intellivision system. The company’s official press release indicates that this will be a pretty basic console built around the goals of “simple, affordable, family, and fun.” It’s not entirely clear what the console will offer in terms of software and features but the description states that “The new Intellivision system (name TBA) will carry on the company tradition of ‘firsts’ with its new concept, design, and approach to gaming.”
Long-time video game music composer Tommy Tallarico, who has recently been named President of Intellivision Entertainment, informed VentureBeat that he sees a “huge gaping hole in the market now with families in the home.” He states that the company is not trying to compete with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo with this console and that a device that allows families to enjoy games together is generally “lacking” from the modern industry.
While Intellivision’s press release doesn’t confirm that this new console will feature old Intellivision games, it does feature quite a bit of information about how Intellivision helped to revolutionize the video game industry by offering the first 16-bit game console, the first console to feature a pause button, the first game to feature speech/voice, and other such innovations.
There are reports floating around that the console will ship with around 10 games built-in and will offer players the option to expand the console’s library via emulation options. However, those reports have not been confirmed at this time.
It’s fascinating to see Atari and Intellivision get back into the console game in the same year. While it doesn’t sound like Intellivision’s console is going to emulate the goals of the Atari VCS, both companies are clearly relying on the possibility that gamers will swallow their hardware offerings alongside a measure of nostalgia.