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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by Advent7 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:21 pm

Just seems like a reboxed generic android device to me.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by IAmTheSantaMan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:17 pm

NickSCFC wrote:
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Preezy wrote:Wait I don't get it, is this thing just meant to be a modern way to play old Atari games? Or is it like a Steambox thing?

I think it could be both, Preezy. It will come pre-loaded with lots of Atari retro games but, technically, it is a Linux-based PC. I don’t think we’re gonna be seeing Red Dead Redemption 2 running on it, but it seems that lots of mid-range games may be a possibility.


Changing the thread title would avoid this confusion ;)


I was thinking the same thing. I'm pretty sure they said it wasn't just a retro system almost from the get go.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by NickSCFC » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:22 pm

Ad7 wrote:Just seems like a reboxed generic android device to me.


Atari have confirmed several times that this is a modern AMD Radeon PC based system.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by Preezy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:33 pm

NickSCFC wrote:
Ad7 wrote:Just seems like a reboxed generic android device to me.


Atari have confirmed several times that this is a modern AMD Radeon PC based system.

Yes but will it play Sonic?

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by bear » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:42 pm

Ad7 wrote:Just seems like a reboxed generic android device to me.

It doesn't even appear to be that interesting.


If this was just an Android TV box but with more powerful guts than the Shield TV then it could be a good way to use emulators on your TV while sitting on your comfy couch.

I just don't see the value in what they are offering here. We need way more details.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by jawafour » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Preezy wrote:Yes but will it play Sonic?

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by NickSCFC » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:05 pm

The thread title :lol:

To clarify, its based on AMD PC architecture just like PS4 and XBO and will play BOTH modern and retro games.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by Peter Crisp » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:19 pm

If it can actually play steam games then this could be an amazing bargain but I'm pretty certain it won't so I fail to see the point.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by HSH28 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:48 pm

Hmm.

The hardware inside the box might be similar to a PC, but its not 'A new PC' and it definitely is 'to do with retro gaming'.

Topic title doesn't make a lot of sense.

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PostRe: Ataribox | It is a PC says NickSCFC... it’s not says HSH28 | No-one else cares
by lex-man » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:21 pm

I don't really understand what's hard to understand about it. It's basically a new console. The price puts it in the range of a PS4 or Xbox 1 it's probably about as powerful as a PS4 PRO. it's going to run it's own custom Linux software but it won't be officially modable. The USP is there's going to be a ton of old Atari games.

It's going to get crushed.

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PostRe: Ataribox | Something that plays videogames | Launches Spring 2018
by Lastpostamorph » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:26 pm

The make or break is going to be what the 'current titles' are. Are we talking original/exclusive games that people want? Ports of existing AAA titles that are also on the Xbox One, PS4 and Switch? Ports of Android games?

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PostRe: Ataribox | Something that plays videogames | Launches Spring 2018
by lex-man » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:54 pm

My guess is their going to aim for current triple A titles, Call of Duty, Fifa that kind of thing. I just don't think there going to get a large enough audience to get other big companies to release stuff for the machine.

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PostRe: Ataribox | Something that plays videogames | Launches Spring 2018
by bear » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:59 pm

Lagamorph wrote:The make or break is going to be what the 'current titles' are. Are we talking original/exclusive games that people want? Ports of existing AAA titles that are also on the Xbox One, PS4 and Switch? Ports of Android games?

Go look at gog.com or Steam and see what games have a Linux version available. I'd imagine thats what they mean by current titles.

The idea could have some promise but like the stillborn launch of Steam Machines I'm struggling to see why anyone outside the enthusiast market would choose this over a basic Windows 10 mini PC like a NUC.

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PostRe: Ataribox | Something that plays videogames | Launches Spring 2018
by Venom » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:32 am

I love the dinky design that makes nods to the heritage of the old Atari. However these retro games are so old they are just curios and are not likely to entertain anybody for a proper amount of time. Yes it may well have an AMD chip etc but where does it stand in the marketplace? Another Android console that is invalidated by the Apple TV 4K ($179), Fire TV, Roku, Nvdia Shield Ouya etc? It may be that it's for hardcore gamers but at that price it puts in touching distance of the Nintendo Switch. This will only sell to hardcore & nostalgic gamers who have that extra-level of disposable income, it's too niche to be a hit or even make a profit. I'd still like to play one though!

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by Preezy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:49 am

HSH28 wrote:Hmm.

The hardware inside the box might be similar to a PC, but its not 'A new PC' and it definitely is 'to do with retro gaming'.

Topic title doesn't make a lot of sense.

You must be a riot at parties.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new PC and definitely nothing to do with retro gaming | Launching Spring 2018
by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:57 am

Preezy wrote:
HSH28 wrote:Hmm.

The hardware inside the box might be similar to a PC, but its not 'A new PC' and it definitely is 'to do with retro gaming'.

Topic title doesn't make a lot of sense.

You must be a riot at parties.


Hmm.

The parties he goes to might be similar to the parties you go to, but he does not 'riot' and it definitely isn't fun 'to fight and break things'.

Your post doesn't make a lot of sense.

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PostRe: Ataribox | GRcade can’t decide what it is | Launches Spring 2018
by Death's Head » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:08 pm

Don't see the point of this.

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Yes?
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PostRe: Ataribox | GRcade can’t decide what it is | Launches Spring 2018
by Dick Thornburg » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:28 pm

I miss the good old days when it seemed like every other week some company would come out with it's own system.

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PostRe: Ataribox | GRcade can’t decide what it is | Launches Spring 2018
by Gemini73 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:30 pm

So, er, have we decided what it is yet?

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PostRe: Ataribox | GRcade can’t decide what it is | Launches Spring 2018
by IAmTheSantaMan » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:37 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:I miss the good old days when it seemed like every other week some company would come out with it's own system.

Been looking into the PC Engine, Amiga CD32 and a few other older systems that never made much of an impact over here and some of them are really interesting. Thinking about picking one or two up and building up a collection of weird and wonderful titles.



Did CD32 have many exclusive titles? I'm pretty sure since the machine was essentially an Amiga 1200 that most of the games were Amiga ports.

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