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

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.

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by Adurbe on Thu 28th Sep 2017 12:28 UTC
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This is trying to compete in the same space as XBox and PlayStation. The nostalgia of the old form factor and brand can only take it so far.

There is scope to have nostalgic brands like AvP or Pitfall remade as T1 games as exclusive launch titles. Pitfall 2017 could easily be a Lara croft style game.

If they really want to resurrect the system in this price bracket they need T1 game developer exclusives. Without that, it's a poor PC that can play games we can already.

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