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Gaming pioneer Atari is getting into the hardware business with its Ataribox, a retro-themed game console with modern guts. The physical design pays homage to the original Atari 2600, a video game console released four decades ago this month, only it is sleeker and does not accept game cartridges. Instead, the Ataribox runs Linux and is powered by an AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) to deliver a "full PC experience for the TV."

The Ataribox team posted a handful of new images of the upcoming console, and also shared a bit more about the game system. With Linux at the core, it will feature a customized interface with an aim towards making it easy to use. The decision to go with Linux was based on a preference towards open source software and the flexibility it affords.

"Most TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Linux lets us be more open; you can access and customize the OS, and you can access games you've bought from other content platforms (if compatible with the OS and HW)," the Ataribox team said.



https://hothardware.com/news/ataribox-retro-console-linux-amd-apu-radeon-graphics#MV4Czi1uCM9LxGad.99
Edited by Pro3ootector - 9/27/17 at 1:53pm
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Neat. inb4 linux can't game though rolleyes.gif
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Just as expected.

This is DoA.
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Ataribox is planning to use crowdfunding site Indiegogo as a launchpad for its game system. It will seek funding this fall, with special editions up for grabs, along with introductory pricing. One of the models will be a wood edition built with real wood.
    
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I think the Indiegogo start to gather interest / proof of concept, prior to full production could work... More sales to AMD can't hurt... moar profits = better GPUs
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I'm confused. I know Atari hasn't exactly been in the game for a while, but are they a struggling start-up or something?

Why do they need to foot the bill to consumers (via crowdsourcing) to make this box happen when the thing doesn't even exist yet as a product?
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Originally Posted by Butthurt Beluga View Post

I'm confused. I know Atari hasn't exactly been in the game for a while, but are they a struggling start-up or something?

Why do they need to foot the bill to consumers (via crowdsourcing) to make this box happen when the thing doesn't even exist yet as a product?
I don't think their current ventures make them very much cash. Which makes this even weirder, as console hardware has never been a money making business. Looks DOA to me.
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I'd be totally into these retro mini consoles if they had "higher end" models that took actual original games and accessories. An overpriced emulation box thats not even an exact copy, uses expensive new accessories and has a very limited selection of games....

No thanks, I have a few android tv boxes that do the job much better. And although I still cant use my old games or controllers, I can access all my old games on all my legacy consoles for cheaper...

I get these as collectors items only... But as an actual game box these things are so underwhelming. I wanna like these things ( the concept is amazing). Licensing/td/cr or w/e else (along with greed) prevent these things from being worth the price.

Though if I get one as a gift I won't exactly be unhappy heh
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I have an HTPC with literally every game made since the 70's on it, and my console fleet. Go away Atari.

If you want to entertain me, file for bankruptcy.
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