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]: Competition
by leech on Sat 30th Sep 2017 00:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Competition "
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The Steam Box didn't really fail... since it really wasn't marketed. I mean if they'd spent a ton of money on marketing it so that people knew what one was...

It was kind of more like 'hey buddy, I got this cool thing to show you.'

Actually if they'd done a campaign like Ataribox, it probably would have sold like hell! In it's various flavors, though especially if Valve had put their name on it.

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