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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RE: Too small a market
by leech on Thu 28th Sep 2017 17:30 UTC in reply to "Too small a market"
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While yes I have a beefy tower that can emulate everything, and this would be about the same thing, but this thing looks pretty damn small, so it'd be like a Steam Link that has similar power to a PS4 (maybe?) Actually running a hackable Linux vs a locked down system like every console currently out there is a bonus though.

My argument for such things (even the Steam Machines) is that it is genuinely difficult to build your own system that is small, silent and powerful enough to fit in the HTPC space. That's why consoles now fit that role. It's why HTPCs never really successfully became a commercial thing.

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