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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It really depends on which country though. In most of the US, it's not illegal to own ROM's as long as you have ownership rights to a copy of the game (usually by means of owning a physical copy of the game), but the hardware for creating them is illegal (which is funny, because it costs about 25 USD plus some basic soldering skills to make said hardware by hand for most cartridge systems, and even less for disc based systems), and it's illegal to transfer ownership to someone who does not have ownership rights.

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