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]: Comment by ilovebeer
by leech on Sat 30th Sep 2017 00:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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You and all the other Nintendo fans smoke crack. Atari pretty much invented the home video game market.

They made some TERRIBLE decisions, one of which was to not sell the NES when Nintendo asked them to be the distributors. Instead they stated they were going to make the 7800, which was released 2 years later than it was supposed to be. If it wasn't for this, the landscape probably would be significantly different these days.

Though to be fair, there was also E.T....

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