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posted by martyb on Wednesday September 27 2017, @02:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the more-than-a-game-[machine] dept.

Atari will crowdfund an "Ataribox" console this fall, but it can do much more than play old Atari games:

Atari released more details about its Ataribox game console today, disclosing for the first time that the machine will run Linux on an Advanced Micro Devices processor and cost $250 to $300.

In an exclusive interview last week with GamesBeat, Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac (short for Mac Conuladh) said Atari will begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall and launch the Ataribox in the spring of 2018. The Ataribox will launch with a large back catalog of the publisher's classic games. The idea is to create a box that makes people feel nostalgic about the past, but it's also capable of running the independent games they want to play today, like Minecraft or Terraria.

The new box will have an AMD custom processor with Radeon graphics. It will run the Linux operating system, with a user interface it's customizing for TVs. Mac said that the machine will run PC games, but it will also be capable of doing streaming, running apps, browsing the web, and playing music. As far as games go, the machine will run the kind of games that a mid-range PC can do today, but it won't run Triple-A games that require high-end PC performance.

[...] "People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores," he said. "We wanted to create a killer TV product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible, including accessing pre-owned games from other content providers."

So it's a PC that comes preloaded with Pong, Asteroids, and presumably E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Who needs this?

Also at PCWorld, BGR, Gizmodo, and Techpowerup.

It seems whoever owns the Atari name [takyon: Atari, SA] is going to cash in with a new Linux and AMD based "console". I guess Hollywood is not the only one that can drag up old properties and wring the blood from them. Might make a decent Steambox, I suppose. Also, wouldn't be complete without crowdfunding!


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  • (Score: 1, Disagree) by cdreimer on Wednesday September 27 2017, @04:05PM (10 children)

    by cdreimer (6673) on Wednesday September 27 2017, @04:05PM (#573852)

    What kind of work did you do there? IT? Dev? Test?

    I was tester for three years and a lead tester for three years.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @04:37PM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @04:37PM (#573870)

    That is so cool! I've never met a real video game industry tester before. What games did you test? I always wanted to be a video game tester but I was never good enough at the games.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @05:40PM (8 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @05:40PM (#573909)

      Creimer is a known slashdot troll now moving to soylent. Please don't feed him. If you do expect your forum to fill up with Amazon affiliate links and shit posting. You've been warned.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @05:46PM (7 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @05:46PM (#573913)

        Do you have some examples of what he's done there? His comments here seem reasonable to me. I'd like to see some evidence before I make a final judgment.

        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:08PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:08PM (#573928)

          When the green site comes back up, do a search for amazon links, you will find the vast majority are his.

          If you feed him before long he will regale you with comments about how he has done everything in the tech world, experienced everything in the world, is an ex cia, mosad, kgb, ranger who has designed processors at home with transistors that he made himself.

        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:28PM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:28PM (#573939)

          His original account was Creimer. He had such bad karma that he had to delete that account. He now uses Cdreimer to post. On slashdot after we called him out, he started posting affiliate links using AC and the account ILoveBigFatCashews. You don't have to believe me. I'm just throwing out the warning. Maybe he has changed and won't spam SN. I hope so. But for your sake, don't feed him.

          For proof just search slashdot for "Amazon affiliate links" and you will see the threads.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:35PM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:35PM (#573944)

            Slashdot and SoylentNews act as each other's respective containment zones. The balance has been disrupted.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:38PM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 27 2017, @06:38PM (#573945)

              Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

              Fuckin A'

              • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:30PM

                by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:30PM (#574023) Journal

                It's a trap!

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        • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by cdreimer on Thursday September 28 2017, @01:43AM (1 child)

          by cdreimer (6673) on Thursday September 28 2017, @01:43AM (#574164)

          Do you have some examples of what he's done there? His comments here seem reasonable to me. I'd like to see some evidence before I make a final judgment.

          You can check out my Slashdot page [cdreimer.com] on my author website and my blog posts [kickingthebitbucket.com]. My Slashdot trolls are frustrated because I've asked management to delete my 10+ year old account, for letting my current account languish at -1 (two posts per day), and giving them no love for following me around with their half-dozen copy-and-paste comments that is pissing everyone else off. It doesn't help that Slashdot has been offline for the last 48 hours. I'm not surprised that they came here to spread their hatred.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @04:11AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @04:11AM (#576416)

            Can you show me some posts where someone is angry with your trolls and not you?
            One that's not an AC who sounds exactly like you.