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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there could be a market....
by feamatar on Thu 28th Sep 2017 14:15 UTC
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I think there is no need to scepticism here. It is natural that these projects fail 9 out of 10 time.

I love the old computer form factors and that I would pay 150$, maybe would go as far as 200-250$ for an ARM computer with an Atari ST case and built in MIDI. Or an Atari 800 or an Apple II case would be lovely. The C64 case was nice, but 600$ was just too much for a new toy ;)

The other thing that I often complain about that all the minicomputers look ugly as hell. At least this Atari one is stylish.

And third, please someone make a minicomputer with a programmable led display on the front.

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