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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: 3, Funny) by nobu_the_bard on Wednesday September 27 2017, @07:36PM (2 children)

    by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Wednesday September 27 2017, @07:36PM (#573974)

    So you're saying for around $250 I can get the full Pong experience my father got, particularly the part where he paid $250 to play Pong? :)

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by takyon on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:19PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:19PM (#574016) Journal

    But you can also stream Pong to your fans on Twitch while begging for money to buy a PS4 Pro.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by edIII on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:32PM

      by edIII (791) on Wednesday September 27 2017, @08:32PM (#574025)

      Thanks. I have tears down my face because of my experience with Twitch :D

      Have a younger relative that was constantly beseeching me for help with better and faster internet. Latency, latency, latency, etc. Eventually helped him because he was becoming morose since he didn't have the proper support to become a Twitch superstar, make the big bucks, and enjoy all the groupies. I sorted him out and now he thinks he will get into the "NBA" elite as a superstar. I mean, he's not even Korean. What chance does he have?

      The image of him playing retro games from the 70s while panhandling on Twitch for pennies for a better setup is comedy gold. At least to me. The only thing funnier is that these young people are turning watching video games into a sport. The new trend isn't to actually play video games, no no no, but to watch the superstars do it. They make ridiculous amounts of money from fans sponsoring them. Mind boggling, simply mind boggling.

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