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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Emulation needs to be cheaper
by mbpark on Thu 28th Sep 2017 19:03 UTC
mbpark
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2005-11-17

The biggest issue that this console has is that I can buy an Atari Flashback for less than $50 and a number of people have ported classic Atari games to other platforms, such as Android or iOS, for a lot less. That $50 gets me joysticks too.

Why spend $250 when I can get the 30 games I want for $50 or less?

If I spend $250 it also gets me a used PS4 or Xbox One, which also gets me more games to play.

Nintendo got it right with the price. Any more than that and you're not going to sell well.

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RE: Emulation needs to be cheaper
by leech on Thu 28th Sep 2017 23:20 in reply to "Emulation needs to be cheaper"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

The biggest issue that this console has is that I can buy an Atari Flashback for less than $50 and a number of people have ported classic Atari games to other platforms, such as Android or iOS, for a lot less. That $50 gets me joysticks too.

Why spend $250 when I can get the 30 games I want for $50 or less?

If I spend $250 it also gets me a used PS4 or Xbox One, which also gets me more games to play.

Nintendo got it right with the price. Any more than that and you're not going to sell well.


Probably because this will play newer computer games (well at least Linux ones(?)) and not just old 2600 titles.

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mbpark Member since:
2005-11-17

Exactly why I made my point about the $250 buying you a used PS4 or Xbox One. No one is going to buy Linux games when you have thousands of games from top publishers available.

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