So, it's going to be an Atari Androidbox, presumably with some of their """classic""" games built in, NES Mini style? I'm assuming this won't have the specs to run their terrible recent PC games like Alone in the Dark Illumination, Space Invaders FPS or Haunted House: Cryptic Graves, not that anyone would want to play those anyway.
Not enough info yet about this device, but it looks pretty cool. Would be great if 2600, 5200, 7800, ST, Lynx, Jaguar and arcade games are going to be released for it. Also, I wonder what the controller will look like. No number pad please
Not to you maybe. But if they are able to go for a good performance/price ratio + AAA third party support + one or two good exclusives they could build a good foundation for a new Atari console brand, just like Microsoft did with the original xbox. Nothing that would be able to challenge Sony or Microsoft now, but maybe next gen. Of course it needs to be x64 based for that to happen and that's not very likely.
No idea who the target audience is for this, no doubt its just a publicity stunt to get some media courage. At the least the Coleco Chameleon had the novelty of trying to bring games back on cartridges, if they had gone that route i'm sure they'd get more interest
Looks great, but I doubt its going to actually be a game console. Its gonna be a normal low-powered PC, running normal PC apps, that comes packed with an Atari emulator package. At best itll be a Steam Machine.
Youre behind the times. Infogrames and their U.S. studios, after rebranding themselves as Atari, went bankrupt. They were then bought by a guy named Fred Chesnais, who shut down all of Infogrames and wants to create a new Atari based on its well-known IP and branding. 3 years ago he said this:
Fred Chesnais said:
Today, we have a company that is out of bankruptcy, and we are 10 people working under the studio-production model. We pay attention to three things: the IP, the production, and the distribution. Everything else is not our part. We go to and select third-party studios who make very good games. They are not a part of the company at the moment. And then we go into production, like a movie studio. So we select the IPs; we go one-by-one and select the best one. We pick the one we want to do. Theres no rush.
We were already asked if we thought Android-based microconsoles were worthwhile gaming platforms back in 2013 and the response was a resounding "fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck no!" so I don't get why they'd think this is a good idea now.
Same here. Except Asteroids and Pitfall. And probably Raider of the Lost Ark. And maybe I can finally finish E.T...
I will take the modern version of the games....thats already been done on past and recent consoles. Except Pitfall. That needs a remake. Havent played any recent Raiders of the Lost Ark games so I have no idea what they even look like. E.T is well....E.T. lol
So is thing actually a modern video game console? We have heard no rumblings from nvidia/ati. So it seems like its just an android box, but that press release makes it seem likes it is a current console.
while the functionality and the technical characteristics will be announced as the work progresses. The group estimates that it is able to develop an attractive product, using the reputation of the Atari brand in the hardware domain. To limit the risk, this product will initially be launched with a crowdfunding campaign.