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 PJBonoVox on Fri 29th Sep 2017 00:27 UTC
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There's not really enough information in the article to make an informed decision on whether it'll suck or not.

I'd certainly be interested to know how the Atari brand resonates (or not) with the 20-somethings who might have the cash to drop on this. For me at least, Atari has become synonymous with low-quality, almost 'budget' stuff so the brand really doesn't do anything for me. Their stellar work of the late 70s and early 80s feels like it's been wiped from memory.

It certainly has no chance of making a dent in the console market, and if that's their aim, it's very misguided and doomed to fail. Time will tell though.

Edited 2017-09-29 00:29 UTC

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