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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Linux? Ugh. Puh. Bleh. Bad choice.
by aliver on Thu 28th Sep 2017 21:11 UTC
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Linux has proven to be a terrible choice for devices like this. Fatally so, in almost every case. As a retro gamer and collector I won't touch anything that smells like a hacked up x86 Linux board with custom firmware and a crappy emulator. Folks, emulators are free. It had better have an custom chipset or at least an FPGA. Otherwise, go back to the drawing board. Why do I care about a SNES/NES classic ? I still own the real one! Give me something new, different, interesting. A recycled Emustation / Lakka box is a HUGE turn off and a total fail in my personal book. Linux is soooo unsexy at this post-systemd point in time. It's proven to be a pretty nasty failure for gamers, to, ie.. "All hat and no cattle. "

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