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Post by dougeff » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:52 pm

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/09/ ... -amd-chip/

Notable features...

New console
$250 and $300
AMD
Linux based OS "more open"
2018
Aimed at retro-gamers "preloaded with "tons of classic Atari retro games" (classic and retro!)"
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Post by tokumaru » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:32 pm

And most importantly: real wood.

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Post by Dwedit » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:37 pm

Just another steambox...
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Post by Drew Sebastino » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:50 pm

At least the build quality is good, but it better be for that price. I don't think I've ever seen real wood be used for a computer/video game console aside from the Neo Geo "CMVS":

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Post by tokumaru » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm

Crowdfunding a device that doesn't bring anything new to the table (besides REAL WOOD!!!) will be tough... The only thing they have going for them that can maybe help them succeed is the Atari name, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Post by tepples » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:43 pm

What it brings to the table is a PC with living-room-friendly case design and likely to be available in electronics showroom chains. Before, it was either
  1. Modern console (no mods, no amateur games)
  2. Tower (large and noisy)
  3. NUC or other nettop (underpowered)
  4. Steam Machines (vaporware)
  5. Build it yourself (requires hours of study and can get expensive)

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Post by nicklausw » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:26 pm

Part of me wants to jump on the Ataribox train.
Another part of me remembers how relieved I was when I didn't jump on the Ouya train, and witnessed it crash not long after. Might just be that again (except with some guaranteed retro fun).
tepples wrote:Steam Machines (vaporware)
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Post by Drew Sebastino » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:28 pm

Steam, water vapor... :lol:

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Post by Fisher » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:46 am

tokumaru wrote:bring anything new to the table (besides REAL WOOD!!!)
Wouldn't it make it suceptible to termit attacks? :)

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Post by FrankenGraphics » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:02 am

If it actually *provides* a full-featured PC experience, it should maybe not be compared to retro boxes and consoles only (even though the atari brand is closely assiociated with gaming), but also mac minis and mini workstations like this one.

You normally don't do serious work from your living room screen/tv, though, and i doubt it will be built to handle more than surfing, streaming and using apps/gadgets, besides playing old/indie games...

What other machines bundles atari games legally and conveniently?
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Post by Dwedit » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:29 am

Any PC with Steam and Atari Vault installed?
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Post by FrankenGraphics » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:45 am

Then the choice is:
-pc of choice for 200-240 euros + 10 euros for atari vault.
-this atari box for 210-250 euros.

If it's possible to get an old mac mini with 2gb RAM for that price or less, then the remaining sell point is really just the form factor.
Intel's NUC:s are a bit more expensive than that from what i can see.

I wonder if they'll pack in a controller.
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Post by tepples » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:59 am

FrankenGraphics wrote:I wonder if they'll pack in a controller.
Even if not, an Xbox 360 controller with Chatpad looks like a fitting successor to the Jaguar controller.

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From left to right: Atari Jaguar controller by Evan-Amos; Xbox 360 controller with Chatpad by Alphathon

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Post by dougeff » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:07 am

Since it's a retro system, they should 100% go with an old-school "joystick" style controller.

One of the best features of playing an old arcade game (pacman / galaga / donkey kong) is the simple joystick and 2 button interface.

At least as an option.
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Re: Ataribox

Post by whicker » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:07 am

Ugh.

What a freaking joke.
Pairs nicely with the wood veneer on your yacht.

What? You don't have a yacht? What? 300 dollars is a lot of money to you for a block of wood?

Gosh, at least put some black paint and gold leaf on for some accenting and lettering. It would change it from "bored garage grandpa" to "baroque" style. <--Their thought process

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