PLAION, a global leading publisher and developer of video games, and Retro Games Ltd., one of the world’s leading producers of re-imagined home computers, are proud to announce today that The 400 Mini – a modern day mini recreation of the pioneering home computer that first appeared in 1979 – will be launching worldwide on March 28, 2024 and is now available to pre-order (MSRP $119.99).

Launching with some of the most iconic and important video games of the era pre-installed, The 400 Mini has been created using modern technology to authentically replicate the Atari 400 at 50 percent of the scale of the original home computer.

For those looking to relive the gameplay experiences of the 70s and 80s, included with The 400 Mini is the CXSTICK, an enhanced, updated recreation of the iconic CX40 Atari joystick for that added touch of nostalgia. This new controller comes with an additional seven seamlessly integrated function buttons and USB, making it compatible with a wide range of consoles.

“We have a rich history in creating re-imagined, iconic home computers, and we very much hope that The 400 Mini will become an important part of that legacy,” said Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games Ltd. “The original home computer was a gaming hero to many, and it’s important to us to re-create the machines that helped define the video games industry and are thus worthy of preservation. We believe that serious collectors and retro gaming fans will love what we’ve done, and should take the time to discover the odd easter egg or two as they embark upon a journey back into the 70s and 80s gaming era.”

“We’re excited to be working with Retro Games Ltd. to bring back an iconic machine that meant so much to so many,” said Stuart Chiplin, Head of Commercial Evaluations at PLAION. “Cherished memories from the past must be treated with respect, care and attention – The 400 Mini has been designed to retain the look and feel of the original home computer, while benefitting from robust design and manufacturing and an obsession with attention to detail.”

Key features include:

  • A half-sized version of the distinctively styled Atari 400, emulating the whole 8-bit Atari range from the 400 to the 800XL, and the Atari 5200 home console.
  • Also included is a recreation of the classic Atari CX40 joystick, with an additional seven seamlessly integrated function buttons.
  • The ability for players to side-load their own games via a USB stick, with support for cartridge, disk and cassette ROMs.
  • Rewind and save games.
  • HD TV output via HDMI, with 50/60Hz compatibility.
  • Five USB ports which allow for the addition of a modern keyboard, extra joysticks and more.
  • Look and feel of 1979: The 400 Mini has been lovingly crafted using modern technology, from the hard-to-match colors of the original machine to the authentic textures of the plastic casing and membrane keyboard, no compromise was made relative to the iconic 1970’s look and feel of the original Atari 400.

PLAION and Retro Games Ltd. have also announced that the CXSTICK can be purchased independently and will retail for $29.99. The 400 Mini will be available at and for North American customers.

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