Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Sep 2017 10:16 UTC
Games

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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Too small a market
by Sauron on Thu 28th Sep 2017 11:09 UTC
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2005-08-02

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.


The problem being, most folk interested in this sort of thing either have the real hardware or emulate it on their x86/x64 PC, there's no need to purchase a dedicated box! I still have my Atari's (600XL & 800XL and boatloads of hardware peripherals), but I also use software emulators in Windows and Linux, heck, I even use a Atari 8 bit emulator on my Amiga sometimes. ;)
Apart from it looking nice and genuine and fitting nicely beside the TV it's just a expensive spare part to most folk.

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RE: Too small a market
by leech on Thu 28th Sep 2017 17:30 in reply to "Too small a market"
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2006-01-10

While yes I have a beefy tower that can emulate everything, and this would be about the same thing, but this thing looks pretty damn small, so it'd be like a Steam Link that has similar power to a PS4 (maybe?) Actually running a hackable Linux vs a locked down system like every console currently out there is a bonus though.

My argument for such things (even the Steam Machines) is that it is genuinely difficult to build your own system that is small, silent and powerful enough to fit in the HTPC space. That's why consoles now fit that role. It's why HTPCs never really successfully became a commercial thing.

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RE[2]: Too small a market
by Odwalla on Fri 29th Sep 2017 11:19 in reply to "RE: Too small a market"
Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01

The size of the enclosure was never the defining problem with HTPCs.

HTPCs didn't become a commercial product because for TV recording they weren't any better than a TiVO or a Replay or even a cable company's provided set top box. Arguably they were worse, requiring extra work to set up (CableCard) and with extremely finicky software. Then the world quickly moved to streaming and any remaining possible advantages to HTPCs were negated by the low cost and ease of setup, and sheer simplicity of Rokus, Fire Sticks, Apple TVs, etc...

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RE: Too small a market
by Mx9001 on Thu 28th Sep 2017 17:31 in reply to "Too small a market"
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2016-12-12

Doesn't matter if it fails, it's still a good idea, and you can get some interesting toys to play with.

What's a developer license cost?

Interesting, they're going to have to rewrite to support high def graphics / screen resolutions of modern TV's. So, this can't be an emulator of the 6502 chip and HAL.

Would be nice to support this effort.
Build a Linux/Game tutorial on the platform...

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