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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ahferroin7
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2015-10-30

Most people don't have the original systems, and emulation is non-trivial to do legally in most places in the world.

As far as gaming on Linux, it's largely poor execution by big companies combined with people worshiping DirectX as the holy grail of game development. For almost everything in my Steam library that runs on Linux, I'd rather play it on Linux, I get better performance on most titles, and significantly better input device behavior on all of them (regardless of what input device).

Use of Linux for this is also helping keep the price down. If you cut out the the cost of software development for the XB1 and adjust for a reasonable percentage of cost from branding, you get about the same price as Atari is looking at. Similar, but not quite as striking for the PS4 (they use a heavily customized FreeBSD base, and obviously didn't put much thought into certain aspects).

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Except the odds are it won't be legal in the west so will be no different than any cheap Android box from China except for the price.

I mean do you think Sony is gonna license them the BIOS for the PS1? That whomever owns Commodore and Amiga is gonna license their properties? The only thing we know if that they have an Atari license but that frankly don't mean squat as even on the 2600 the biggest titles were made by Activision, Namco, and Nintendo and its EXTREMELY doubtful they would license their IPs at a price this company could possibly afford!

There is a reason why you don't see western companies selling emulation boxes, which with the number of no longer sold/supported systems and how cheaply you can get decent APUs these days would be a no brainer, its because its a legal minefield where the best properties are owned by multiple companies all of which want insane amounts of money for their IP. Just look at the flashback consoles like the Coleco Flashback where the majority of hit games for the system isn't included, why? Nintendo won't license their IP, nor will Parker Bros, and good luck finding out who even owns the IP for all those now defunct companies like Xonox and Imagic!

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ahferroin7 Member since:
2015-10-30

It really depends on which country though. In most of the US, it's not illegal to own ROM's as long as you have ownership rights to a copy of the game (usually by means of owning a physical copy of the game), but the hardware for creating them is illegal (which is funny, because it costs about 25 USD plus some basic soldering skills to make said hardware by hand for most cartridge systems, and even less for disc based systems), and it's illegal to transfer ownership to someone who does not have ownership rights.

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