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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Exactly why I made my point about the $250 buying you a used PS4 or Xbox One. No one is going to buy Linux games when you have thousands of games from top publishers available.

Last I checked there were not thousands of games for PS4 and Xbox One combined.

Exclusive = 113
Console exclusive = 413
Multiplatform = 997

Xbox One;

Exclusive = 32
Console exclusive = 145
Multiplatform = 1247

So by that.. Linux actually supports about 1000 more. While yes you can argue the difference in quality, a HUGE amount of the 'indie' games for the PS4 are also available for Linux.

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