Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Sep 2017 10:16 UTC
Games

Ars Technica:

The spec sheet, as announced, is still pretty vague, but Atari has confirmed a few notable things, starting with a price point between $250 and $300. In exchange for costing roughly as much as a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One S, or PlayStation 4, the Ataribox will come packed with an "AMD customized processor with Radeon graphics technology." Additionally, this will not be an Android system. Instead, the Ataribox will run Linux "with a customized, easy-to-use user interface."

Open, hackable Linux-based consoles don't exactly have a great track record, so colour me skeptical.

Wouldn't be the first time my skepticism turns out to be spot-on. I don't think the Ataribox is the next Commodore USA, but I'm afraid its fate will be the same, regardless.

Permalink for comment 649322
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Too small a market
by Sauron on Thu 28th Sep 2017 11:09 UTC
Sauron
Member since:
2005-08-02

Open, hackable Linux-based consoles don't exactly have a great track record, so colour me skeptical.

Wouldn't be the first time my skepticism turns out to be spot-on. I don't think the Ataribox is the next Commodore USA, but I'm afraid its fate will be the same, regardless.


The problem being, most folk interested in this sort of thing either have the real hardware or emulate it on their x86/x64 PC, there's no need to purchase a dedicated box! I still have my Atari's (600XL & 800XL and boatloads of hardware peripherals), but I also use software emulators in Windows and Linux, heck, I even use a Atari 8 bit emulator on my Amiga sometimes. ;)
Apart from it looking nice and genuine and fitting nicely beside the TV it's just a expensive spare part to most folk.

Reply Score: 4