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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by tonyyeb on Thu 28th Sep 2017 15:08 UTC
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The problem with open systems is that publishers (and developers to a certain extent) don't trust that their games won't be easily copied. Even if the case is that this practice wouldn't be prevalent, the fear of it will stop many from trying in my opinion.

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RE: Publishers!
by tidux on Thu 28th Sep 2017 19:09 in reply to "Publishers!"
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Selling someone a bag of bytes they're not supposed to copy was always a doomed proposition in the long term. Physical access trumps DRM.

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by zima on Sat 30th Sep 2017 20:25 in reply to "RE: Publishers!"
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drm of latest systems seems to work fine...

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