Its a more up market set top box that does 4K HDR streaming. $200 isn't a terrible price for that kind of system.
It's in that price point but if they want that market they should market towards it. It's also towards the high end of the market an Apple TV is £200 but you could get a Amazon Fire TV for £70 or £40 for the stick. Or I could get a PS4 or xbox one for about the same price as you can use them as streaming boxes.
I suspect the key issue here is that we're speculating; at present there is very little detail about what the VCS is and isn't. It does seem at this stage that the VCS could have a bit of an uphill struggle but, until we see the final specifications, pricing and - perhaps most importantly - the games / functions, any comparisons are tough to call.
That's doesn't look bad for the money, lex - although you'd need an operating system, keyboard and mouse to go with it - but it doesn't really change my view that nobody looking at the VCS is gonna buy a PC instead (or vice versa). They're completely different markets.
It sort of is, your right, but they seem to be pitching it towards the programming / development market which suggests they're trying to take on the Raspberry pi / PC / stream boxes and games consoles markets all at once. But they'll doing each one slightly worse than the dominate market leaders.
On the programming side it seems to lack the potential for expansion and projects of a Raspberry Pi it's also way more expensive. It's not as expandable as a PC although it might work well as a desktop replacement for somebody that interested in PC's but you'd have to get the hang of Linux and that person would probably prefer a Laptop. It doesn't come with a remote control so won't be as good as a standard stream box. As a games console it's not as good as a PS4 or xbox and certainly doesn't have any AAA titles announced yet.
So it seems like the only person this would be good for would be somebody who wants to do a bit of programming, play some old Atari games and Steam TV who doesn't already own a device you can do any of those things on.
jawafour wrote:I suspect the key issue here is that we're speculating; at present there is very little detail about what the VCS is and isn't. It does seem at this stage that the VCS could have a bit of an uphill struggle but, until we see the final specifications, pricing and - perhaps most importantly - the games / functions, any comparisons are tough to call.
I agree with you there, the games are the most important thing.
Lagamorph wrote:Pre-orders go live next Wednesday...
This new machine sounds interesting although information is at a real premium; it'll be interesting to see the tech specs on Wednesday. No doubt a number of retro / Atari enthusiasts will pre-order the console regardless but I suspect that most folk will be rather cautious about jumping aboard until a lot more detail is known.
To be honest it sounds like most of the people potentially ordering it will be doing so because of it being open and running Linux which allows you to add your own Package Repositories and managers in order to turn it in a relatively low cost high power Linux box for various emulation solutions and potentially even Steam Linux.