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[3]: Too small a market
by leech on Sat 30th Sep 2017 00:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too small a market"
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That's no where near what an HTPC is... That's a DVR. There is definitely a difference. While HTPCs do perform DVR tasks, they also do much more. An HTPC is literally meant to be a PC that fits in with your home theater equipment. Which does mean Size/Style/Noise.

While I've built DVR systems previous to TiVo being a thing (MythTV), they also could play games (MythTV has a built in emulator plugin to work within the interface).

Otherwise they wouldn't need all that power. Granted now even on demand recording is being phased out when people can just stream on demand.

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