It is currently Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:45 pm

All times are UTC - 7 hours





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Ataribox
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 08, 2015 7:17 pm
Posts: 1787
Location: DIGDUG
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!)"

_________________
nesdoug.com -- blog/tutorial on programming for the NES


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:43 pm
Posts: 10068
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
And most importantly: real wood.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:37 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:35 pm
Posts: 3944
Just another steambox...

_________________
Here come the fortune cookies! Here come the fortune cookies! They're wearing paper hats!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:50 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:35 pm
Posts: 3074
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
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":

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:43 pm
Posts: 10068
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:43 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:12 pm
Posts: 19122
Location: NE Indiana, USA (NTSC)
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)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:26 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:58 pm
Posts: 367
Location: ...
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)

Useless but humorous comment: I stared at this for quite some time and kept wondering what about a steam machine makes you think of vaporwave.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:28 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:35 pm
Posts: 3074
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Steam, water vapor... :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:46 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:58 am
Posts: 543
Location: -29.794229 -55.795374
tokumaru wrote:
bring anything new to the table (besides REAL WOOD!!!)

Wouldn't it make it suceptible to termit attacks? :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:02 am 
Offline
Formerly WheelInventor

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:55 am
Posts: 910
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
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?

_________________
http://www.frankengraphics.com - personal NES blog


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:29 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:35 pm
Posts: 3944
Any PC with Steam and Atari Vault installed?

_________________
Here come the fortune cookies! Here come the fortune cookies! They're wearing paper hats!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:45 am 
Offline
Formerly WheelInventor

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:55 am
Posts: 910
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
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.

_________________
http://www.frankengraphics.com - personal NES blog


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:59 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:12 pm
Posts: 19122
Location: NE Indiana, USA (NTSC)
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.

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


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:07 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 08, 2015 7:17 pm
Posts: 1787
Location: DIGDUG
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.

_________________
nesdoug.com -- blog/tutorial on programming for the NES


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ataribox
PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:07 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:37 am
Posts: 208
Location: Wisconsin
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


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 7 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: toggle switch and 11 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group