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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Personal choice, but you don't necessarily own all the official IPs with an emulator, what the Ataribox 'offers' you. Deals with the x86 based board with crappy firmware, let's wait and see.

But all together, Atari has proven to be a constant failure, rotten with management inadequatibility, with a few couples of very punctual exceptions that have indeed marked history (ST most notably).

Hence, given the past record of previous Atari leadership and current one, I wouldn't quite much trust this new fancy toy currently built out of thin air, with 3D cgi and dubious specs.

I may be wrong, but Amiga had more future (Gateway, Escom, ...) than Atari had (Jts, ...) and delivered much more up to date software than revamped old fashioned IPS for the X and/or Y generations.

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