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PostRe: RE: Re: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by Death's Head » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:26 am

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IAmTheSaladMan wrote:H.E.R.O. is great although I think I prefer the version on SG-1000.

Great call, Salads - and I didn't know that a version had appeared on the SG... I wish it had arrived for the Master System! It really is terrific and I had a lot of fun playing it on my C64.

Unfortunately, as an Activision title, I wonder if we'll see it on the Atari? River Raid, Pitfall et all may also face the same fate.

Do people really want to play games now that look exactly the same as they did on the console almost 40 years ago? For nostalgic reasons it seems like a good idea but the reality is that if I bought it, I'd probably turn it on, try a couple of games and think "that looks gooseberry fool" before packing it away in the garage, never to see the light of day again.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by IAmTheSaladMan » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:35 am

That's exactly what I don't want. I play a lot of retro games but I can likely count on one hand the number of 2600 games I'd play for more than 5 minutes. It's not retro it's archaic.

That said I've always been curious about 7800, Lynx and Jaguar.

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PostRe: RE: Re: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by Death's Head » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:00 pm

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That said I've always been curious about 7800, Lynx and Jaguar.

They would be better putting these games onto Steam. That way anyone could play them (I very much doubt anyone is using a PC not capable of emulating these platforms) and as an added bonus, achievements etc would be available. Yet another platform that only offers old stuff interesting for only historical reasons is going to flop. Maybe they could do a limited qty release like the NES and SNES mini, unless of course they are planning on burying the excess in the desert next to ET.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari?
by _/\_YUNGSTAR_/\_ » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:25 pm

I could easily buy into a system that play's 400/800, ST, Jag and Lynx games. Not a chance on 2600 system.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari?
by jawafour » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:32 pm

_/\_YUNGSTAR_/\_ wrote:Wor lass playing her favourite...

I get that totally intentional Wizard of Wor 2600 reference 8-) ....


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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by NickSCFC » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:32 am

http://mailchi.mp/ataribox/first-look-a ... 316bc4d53e

Ataribox will be powered by an AMD customized processor, with Radeon Graphics technology. It'll run Linux, with a customized, easy-to-use user interface. This approach means that as well as being a great gaming device, Ataribox is also a full PC experience for the TV, bringing you streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more.

Most TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Linux lets us be more open; you can access & customise the OS, & you can access games you've bought from other content platforms (if compatible with the OS and HW).
There will be tons of classic Atari retro games pre-loaded, & current titles from a range of studios (we'll start talking titles very soon, stay tuned).

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


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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by jawafour » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:45 am

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Ataribox... with an expected price range of $249-$299 (depending on specific editions & memory configurations).

:shock: . I’d thought that this was gonna be a cheap device for playing old Atari games... not a challenger (in pricing terms) for current gen consoles. I would love this console to be successful but, unless it is far more powerful than it appears, I just can’t see it.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by KK » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:51 am

Great price.

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We are still in 1984, right?

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by NickSCFC » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:16 am

jawafour wrote:
NickSCFC wrote:
Ataribox... with an expected price range of $249-$299 (depending on specific editions & memory configurations).

:shock: . I’d thought that this was gonna be a cheap device for playing old Atari games... not a challenger (in pricing terms) for current gen consoles. I would love this console to be successful but, unless it is far more powerful than it appears, I just can’t see it.


Atari confirmed months ago that it would be based on modern PC hardware, I even quoted you :lol:

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by Peter Crisp » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:27 am

I'm unsure I see the point in using modern PC architecture.
Who is going to buy this to put anything on it as it's going to be underpowered to entice the PC crowd but too expensive for the retro crowd.
If this was a cheap steambox I could maybe understand but it won't be so who is this aimed at?

They should have replicated Nintendo and just made a cheap unit that plays retro games with some overhead so moders can play about with it and it would have sold just fine.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by Lagamorph » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:01 pm

At about £100, maybe £150, I'd have been in. But £250? strawberry float that noise.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by jawafour » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:27 pm

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The first (partial!) screen shot? You can’t see much, but I like the VCS package images.

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PostRe: Atari Box | A new retro console from Atari
by Gemini73 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:35 pm

Half the price of an X1X and a copy of Forza 7.

Bargain...

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by jawafour » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:42 pm

Gemini73 wrote:Half the price of an X1X and a copy of Forza 7.

Bargain...

Yeah, I think the pricing could be an issue... although we don’t yet know what games are included nor the full tech capabilities of the console.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by Preezy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:46 pm

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?

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by IAmTheSaladMan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:49 pm

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?


A bit of both I think. As I understand things it will be pre-loaded with a bunch of old Atari games but will also feature more current content, which I still think is suspiciously vague since current content could mean just about anything.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by jawafour » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:54 pm

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.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by NickSCFC » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:55 pm

jawafour wrote:
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 ;)

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by Ad7 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:14 pm

I dont understand what the point of this is.

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PostRe: Ataribox | A new retro console from Atari | Launching Spring 2018
by Rex Kramer » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:15 pm

Ad7 wrote:I dont understand what the point of this is.

It's to extract money from anyone with any kind of love of old Atari stuff.

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