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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 28th Sep 2017 14:55 UTC
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I'm nostalgic for the Atari 2600. It was my first gaming system and I still remember the night I got to unpack it. I played Adventure all night long and was on cloud 9 the whole time. BUT, the problem with nostalgia items like this (for seemingly most people) is they're fun to revisit for all of about 20 minutes. After that they sit collecting dust for the next X years until another 20 minutes of `good old days` comes around. So, while the thing looks cool, in reality it's just going to live 99.8% of its life powered off as a $250-$300 geek decoration.

If the best thing you can say about it is, 'Ataribox will come packed with an "AMD customized processor with Radeon graphics technology."', and that it runs Linux, don't expect it to be more than a flash in the pan. There's a reason it's being crowdfunded.

Finally, let's be clear -- the Atari 2600 was no NES or SNES. Atari is kidding themselves if they're expecting Nintendo Mini type of popularity & reception.

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by leech on Thu 28th Sep 2017 23:18 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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I kind of disagree, those Atari flashback devices of the 2600 sell quite well. Enough so that they keep releasing new ones.

Honestly, I never had a big 'Oh my god! Nintendo!' There was a point in time when Video Games WERE Atari. "Where's Bobby, isn't he coming to hang out?" "He's home playing Atari."

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 29th Sep 2017 04:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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They're also nowhere near $250-$300. If they were, they would've been DOA. I'm not sure what you consider selling well but those Flashbacks are a cheap (and cheaply produced) novelty item with the most popular one selling 800k and some change.

There's no question that at one time Atari was on top. But, Nintendo took it to the next level. They had a much bigger impact on home gaming, had/has wildly popular game franchises/IP, sold far more units total, etc. You could buy the wildly popular NES & SNES Classic's and still be around half the cost of an Ataribox.

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