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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open and hackable = what?
by Darkmage on Tue 3rd Oct 2017 19:37 UTC
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What makes anyone think that this is going to be open and hackable just because it has Linux under the hood? More likely this'll be like a SMART TV where the Linux is hidden, buried under layers of custom software and only acting as a kernel to manage hardware. I expect X11 to not be present and for the graphics layer to be completely custom think Android. The real problem Atari is going to face is going to be third party support. They must have something up their sleeve or this is just going to bomb like every other X86 based gaming console not from the big 3.

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