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Spectone
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(09-26-2017, 09:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by AmyS

Atari Ryzen.

As long is it is not Atari Jaguar ;)
Moosichu
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(09-26-2017, 09:53 AM)
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Huh... Could be really awesome.
AmyS
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(09-26-2017, 09:54 AM)

Originally Posted by Spectone

As long is it is not Atari Jaguar ;)

lol :)
Iced_Eagle
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(09-26-2017, 09:55 AM)
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Here's a link to the newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-loo...1?e=316bc4d53e


We plan on shipping late Spring 2018, with an expected price range of $249-$299 (depending on specific editions & memory configurations).

That is one sexy design.

For $250, it's a tough sell to me though. Atari games? Cool. Loved them. Obviously for that price, you need more than retro games and a nostalgic design. That's why I'm interested in what their UI will be like, and what sort of partners they can get (they've talked about getting games for their platform previously). Sure, it's a Linux desktop and can access your Linux Steam games, but desktops are terrible interfaces for a TV, and if I wanted to play Steam games on my desktop, I'll just use my desktop PC.

I will definitely be paying attention though, because their campaign starts this fall!
ReplacementPelican
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(09-26-2017, 10:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Iced_Eagle

Here's a link to the newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-loo...1?e=316bc4d53e

That is one sexy design.

For $250, it's a tough sell to me though. Atari games? Cool. Loved them. Obviously for that price, you need more than retro games and a nostalgic design. That's why I'm interested in what their UI will be like, and what sort of partners they can get (they've talked about getting games for their platform previously). Sure, it's a Linux desktop and can access your Linux Steam games, but desktops are terrible interfaces for a TV, and if I wanted to play Steam games on my desktop, I'll just use my desktop PC.

I will definitely be paying attention though, because their campaign starts this fall!

Absolutely gorgeous design but a lot more expensive than I was expecting.
KingSnake
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(09-26-2017, 10:04 AM)
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$249-$299 for a small PC is rather cheap though. Too cheap, I might say, so I guess it won't be able to run decently any of more demanding games.
MadJackChurchill
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(09-26-2017, 10:07 AM)
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It better not go the way of SMACH Z and turn out to be a bloody Lynx tablet.
Sevenfold
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(09-26-2017, 10:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by Iced_Eagle

Here's a link to the newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-loo...1?e=316bc4d53e

Oh man it is difficult for me to hate that as an object. I have the perfect place for it :/ Plugged in just for the Atari glow. Hubba.
Other than the pics (and now the price yikes) I know nothing so er... Is Stun Runner on it..?
MrCunningham
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(09-26-2017, 10:45 AM)
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So it is going to be an x86-64bit Linux box?

It will also be open, and allow users to install Linux programs like Steam and other applications? Hmm... This is interesting, to say the least. Not sure what market it will really be going for, though...

If it is going to be using a flavor of Linux with a custom media center like UI, then I could only imagine that it will have something a little more powerful than a Jaguar (Do the Math) based CPU.
Tempy
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(09-26-2017, 10:50 AM)
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I'm interested. It also better have Tempest 4000 on it.
MrCunningham
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(09-26-2017, 11:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

I'm interested. It also better have Tempest 4000 on it.

It will most definitely will... But given that you can install Steam on this system, will they make T4K a Steam Linux (or SteamOS) release with custom Ataribox video settings, or will they release their own packages? It is Linux, so they could very well just their own Linux packages using their own proprietary package manager.

To be honest, I am kinda interested in this too now...
redlemon
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(09-26-2017, 11:29 AM)

Originally Posted by Iced_Eagle

Here's a link to the newsletter:
That is one sexy design.

For $250, it's a tough sell to me though. Atari games? Cool. Loved them. Obviously for that price, you need more than retro games and a nostalgic design. That's why I'm interested in what their UI will be like, and what sort of partners they can get (they've talked about getting games for their platform previously). Sure, it's a Linux desktop and can access your Linux Steam games, but desktops are terrible interfaces for a TV, and if I wanted to play Steam games on my desktop, I'll just use my desktop PC.

I will definitely be paying attention though, because their campaign starts this fall!

250 doesn't seem that pad depending on what kind of integrated graphics it has. I have a GPD Win and you'd be surprised at the amount of games it can run.
Ruud_Luiten
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(09-26-2017, 11:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

I'm interested. It also better have Tempest 4000 on it.

Hope so!
orava
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(09-26-2017, 12:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by Iced_Eagle

Here's a link to the newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-loo...1?e=316bc4d53e


That is one sexy design.

For $250, it's a tough sell to me though. Atari games? Cool. Loved them. Obviously for that price, you need more than retro games and a nostalgic design. That's why I'm interested in what their UI will be like, and what sort of partners they can get (they've talked about getting games for their platform previously). Sure, it's a Linux desktop and can access your Linux Steam games, but desktops are terrible interfaces for a TV, and if I wanted to play Steam games on my desktop, I'll just use my desktop PC.

I will definitely be paying attention though, because their campaign starts this fall!

Steam has a TV interface and it works great. This will probably have a custom one.
antispin
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(09-26-2017, 01:16 PM)
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That looks great. Hope the specs are decent
Luschient
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(09-26-2017, 03:20 PM)
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Like everyone else, I love the design, interested in what exactly this will end up being....I just don't see them selling a bunch of these to the masses at that price point.

Also, outside of "hardcore" gamers, does anyone under the age of 20 know wtf an Atari even is?
Rumblebones
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(09-26-2017, 03:25 PM)
Great design but at that price point it's a tough sell. I imagine.

Perhaps if they got a massive investor this line of console could take off in specific parts of Asia.
Ceallach
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(09-26-2017, 03:28 PM)
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$250 is not bad. Definitely still in that impulse buy range for me. This will probably find a spot near my 2600 and 5200 but not get much use, lol.
HStallion
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(09-26-2017, 03:29 PM)
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I'll give them props on the design. Its both sleek and retro at the same time. That said the price is way high for Atari games but I'm curious to see what else this thing could do.
Hero
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(09-26-2017, 03:31 PM)
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It looks like a wireless router.
Rellik
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(09-26-2017, 03:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Iced_Eagle

Here's a link to the newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-loo...1?e=316bc4d53e


That is one sexy design.

For $250, it's a tough sell to me though. Atari games? Cool. Loved them. Obviously for that price, you need more than retro games and a nostalgic design. That's why I'm interested in what their UI will be like, and what sort of partners they can get (they've talked about getting games for their platform previously). Sure, it's a Linux desktop and can access your Linux Steam games, but desktops are terrible interfaces for a TV, and if I wanted to play Steam games on my desktop, I'll just use my desktop PC.

I will definitely be paying attention though, because their campaign starts this fall!

Damn that is one sexy beast.
Trago
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(09-26-2017, 03:33 PM)
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Design looks pretty good.

Ship it with a remake/remaster of Blue Lightning and I'm set.
Cleve
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(09-26-2017, 03:37 PM)
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So this is looking like more of a competitor to the nvidia shield tv more than anything else(making performance assumptions based on form factor). That's a bit strange, as that's a tiny market, but I do love my shield and I'd love to see more competition in that space.
iswasdoes
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(09-26-2017, 03:49 PM)

Originally Posted by Cleve

So this is looking like more of a competitor to the nvidia shield tv more than anything else(making performance assumptions based on form factor). That's a bit strange, as that's a tiny market, but I do love my shield and I'd love to see more competition in that space.

Heres a thought - What if it WAS a nvidia shield?

Nvidia seems to realise that they can sell more of their hardware if they partner with established console brands. Maybe it will end up being a skinned shield with a shit ton of atari games and built in gamestream/4k media features?
Baron_Calamity
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(09-26-2017, 03:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by antispin

That looks great. Hope the specs are decent

It runs a " AMD customized processor, with Radeon Graphics technology" Probably some version of their APU A10 cpu thats in laptops and 4gigs of memory for the low end line. That's my guess.

Originally Posted by iswasdoes

Heres a thought - What if it WAS a nvidia shield?

Shields have an Arm processor and share more in common with high end smart phones. This is going to be closer to a steam box. A headless laptop running linux.
BiggNife
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(09-26-2017, 03:53 PM)
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So it's basically a Steam Machine with Atari branding for $250? Huh. Not as bad as I thought it would be, honestly, but I still don't really see the point of this.

But also, never, ever back hardware on crowdfunding sites. There's almost always delays, manufacturing problems, downgrades, etc. Just because there's working prototypes doesn't mean a product is ready for mass production. And if they use IndieGoGo's Flexible Funding, they'll get backer money regardless of whether or not they actually get enough money to produce the product.
PantsuJo
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(09-26-2017, 03:55 PM)
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AMD APUs, Linux... And the small case looks similar to Linux Mint Boxes.

Are we sure they are not just rebranding some Mint boxes with a new color and launcher?
orava
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(09-26-2017, 04:03 PM)
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I'm assuming that it's the Atari vault games at first because that already does have SteamOS support. The UI is probably custom and shows only the atari games, even if it can run linux games fine.
compo
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(09-26-2017, 04:07 PM)
$250?!

The only way I can justify paying that much is if I can connect my Steam account and use this as a literal Steambox. I doubt that's going to happen, though. Atari will probably have their own store that they're going to try to push.

I'm out (pending the availability of Steam). I'm already settled with my streaming/multimedia setup, and I'm not really interested in investing in another digital store. I was hoping this thing would be nothing more than the Atari version of the NES/SNES mini.
Soapbox Killer
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(09-26-2017, 04:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spectone

As long is it is not Atari Jaguar ;)

Props on this post!
Baron_Calamity
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(09-26-2017, 04:16 PM)
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I'm going to buy this but its only because of having it with the rest of my collection.

A little more info:

https://venturebeat.com/2017/09/25/a...-at-least-249/


And this is old but I just saw it today:

compo
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(09-26-2017, 04:26 PM)

Originally Posted by Baron_Calamity

A little more info:

https://venturebeat.com/2017/09/25/a...-at-least-249/

An interesting quote from that article:

“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers,” said Chesnais, in a statement.

So it seems like you will be able to install Steam on the Ataribox, if I'm reading that statement correctly. I would be a lot more interested in this, if so.
Soapbox Killer
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(09-26-2017, 04:28 PM)
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It should come pre-loaded with Blade Runner/ 2049 in 4K.
AmFreak
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(09-26-2017, 05:16 PM)

Originally Posted by compo

An interesting quote from that article:
“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers,” said Chesnais, in a statement.

"We call it Ataribox or in short PC".
Pandy
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(09-26-2017, 05:36 PM)
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Probably more interested in this than I should be, but then the 2600 was the first gaming device I ever owned, so it's hardly surprising.

Will be setting aside some cash for this, but holding onto it until I know exactly what I'm getting.
iswasdoes
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(09-27-2017, 02:04 PM)

Originally Posted by Baron_Calamity

Shields have an Arm processor and share more in common with high end smart phones. This is going to be closer to a steam box. A headless laptop running linux.

So it is. Well that blows my theory.

Really interested to see how they make this in any way worth the money. Cant really expect people to pay 300 for old atari games, when nintendo have set that market firmly at the sub $100 mark. But what else could it do? Even if it can run steam games that can run on a mid spec laptop, surely anyone interested in that prospect would just get a regular PC?

Baffling product

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