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 Adurbe on Mon 2nd Oct 2017 12:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Competition "
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The switch is a portable/handheld console. So that comparison just doesn't work.

Yes, it's a steam box.. they died as a concept mainly because most of the steam games catalogue simply didn't work well with its controller setup, but also because they didn't offer anything above a PC running Windows. There was no compelling "GAME X, ONLY ON SteamBox".

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