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 ilovebeer on Thu 28th Sep 2017 14:55 UTC
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I'm nostalgic for the Atari 2600. It was my first gaming system and I still remember the night I got to unpack it. I played Adventure all night long and was on cloud 9 the whole time. BUT, the problem with nostalgia items like this (for seemingly most people) is they're fun to revisit for all of about 20 minutes. After that they sit collecting dust for the next X years until another 20 minutes of `good old days` comes around. So, while the thing looks cool, in reality it's just going to live 99.8% of its life powered off as a $250-$300 geek decoration.

If the best thing you can say about it is, 'Ataribox will come packed with an "AMD customized processor with Radeon graphics technology."', and that it runs Linux, don't expect it to be more than a flash in the pan. There's a reason it's being crowdfunded.

Finally, let's be clear -- the Atari 2600 was no NES or SNES. Atari is kidding themselves if they're expecting Nintendo Mini type of popularity & reception.

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