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[2]: Too small a market
by Odwalla on Fri 29th Sep 2017 11:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Too small a market"
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The size of the enclosure was never the defining problem with HTPCs.

HTPCs didn't become a commercial product because for TV recording they weren't any better than a TiVO or a Replay or even a cable company's provided set top box. Arguably they were worse, requiring extra work to set up (CableCard) and with extremely finicky software. Then the world quickly moved to streaming and any remaining possible advantages to HTPCs were negated by the low cost and ease of setup, and sheer simplicity of Rokus, Fire Sticks, Apple TVs, etc...

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