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#1 TrekMD

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 12:55 AM

I got this on email today and I'm curious as to what it is.  Looks like Atari has some new piece of hardware being released.  It's anyone's guess as to what this will be.  I doubt it'll be a console but looks like they are trying to emulate the design of the 2600.
 

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https://www.ataribox.com/

 

 


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#2 Zontar

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 01:03 AM

Wow I wonder what this box could be? It reminds me a lot of your post about the Retroblox retro console, even the name sounds similar.


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:57 AM

You know, I hadn't thought of that.  That would be an interesting possibility.


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:24 PM

I just pray it is not a limited edition Atari themed xBox One. LOL

 


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

LOL, it better not be!  Though the folks from AtGames have said this is supposed to be a modern system that has nothing to do with them.


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#6 TeddyGermany

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:54 AM

Interesting! What could it do?

Oh, it could do ... many things!

Hopefully the fog will vanish and we will get a clear view!


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#7 Mcorleonep

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:53 PM

With E3 going on now this week, now would be the perfect time to spill the beans.
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:43 AM

Ok. So i was able to find some info on what it isn't...and sadly what it isn't is probably what would've interested me the most.

 


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

Well. Its confirmed to real at the very least!

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:27 PM


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 04:25 PM

Yeah, it's real & official, but that is in the planning sense.

I think it will come out at some point, but at the same time, I must remind myself that for awhile, the Coleco Chameleon was also real in the same sense.

 

One of my viewers brought this up, but could you imagine the reaction if Mike Kennedy ended up being behind the Atari Box...


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:10 PM

Yeah, it's real & official, but that is in the planning sense.

I think it will come out at some point, but at the same time, I must remind myself that for awhile, the Coleco Chameleon was also real in the same sense.

 

One of my viewers brought this up, but could you imagine the reaction if Mike Kennedy ended up being behind the Atari Box...

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

You wash your mouth out with soap NSG!

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

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HAHAH Nice!


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:05 PM

I wont be disappointed as my expectations are based in a realistic view of modern "Atari" and the current market, in other words I am not expecting much at all
 
Atari CEO confirms the company is working on a new game console
 

"We're back in the hardware business," he said.

 

Chesnais declined to describe a lot of details about the console. But he said it is based on PC technology. He said Atari is still working on the design and will reveal it at a later date.

https://venturebeat....w-game-console/

 

Based on PC Technology and able to emulate classic ATARI ? Finally!!!!!!!......oh wait.........been doing that for years........oh that's right, now it will have the "official" license from "Atari" which of course has nothing to do with the Atari we all knew and loved but hey, it's official! Just more whoring of the Atari brand to us desperate for Atari Nostalgia of years gone by. So far the Retron77 seems more interesting imho. 


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:26 PM

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:41 AM

I hope I'm wrong on this, but whatever the Atari Box ends up being, I have the distinct feeling that I'm going to be disappointed...


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:51 AM

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RetroN 77 will have wood-grain side..........

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:20 AM

OK...here's my speculations on the Atari Box (I really hope they change the name before release).  It's PC-based hardware.  PC's are good for just about anything you can imagine these days.  And XBOX has proved that you can take PC parts, create a custom BIOS, slap it in a fancy shell, and be somewhat successful.  And there are operating systems on the market that are free to use for whatever your heart desires.  

 

For many years now their has always been the attempts to bring a Linux-based gaming console to the masses.  But none have ever made it past the prototype phase.  On the other side, Steam is a successful place to get digital gaming content for your computer.  Let's face it...it is successful to a point and about the only way to obtain some games.  However, dedicated Steam gaming hardware (PC's in a fancy shell) were expensive and I don't think sold very well.  Even with well known brand names slapped on them.  

 

Now...picture this if you will.  Atari Box + games in a download-only format.  Four USB ports on the front could mean a four-player system.  They didn't show a controller probably because one is not being made or not ready for show.  It would make sense to slap a Linux-based OS in it and follow the steps of Ubuntu where you have a central access point for software (meaning games).  It would also mean saving money because you wouldn't be releasing a physical format.  More work and money could be concentrated on producing games in digital format.  However, I worry about the amount of storage space they plan to include in the system if any.  I also worry about what digital games will be offered to the public.

 

I'm not trying to dog it in any way and really hope it puts Atari back on the map.  But I do have to be a bit concerned because XBOX has already blown away many followers with their new X1X console coming in November.  And Nintendo, while not doing good at keeping hardware on the shelves (nothing new right?), it is not hard to see that Switch is a success for them.  I'm not sure about PS4 sales because Sony bored me to sleep many times with their E3 show this year.  

 

I feel that for Atari to be successful with their new hardware it should be priced with in reason.  And I would place it in the $200 to $300 range.  I would also suggest that they support 4K but not only 4K.  Not all of us have a 4K TV nor plan to get one.  I just hope Atari isn't shooting themselves in the foot with this console.  But I would expect them to show more by the time the holidays are upon us.  It's an "Atari" tradition.

 

Whatever it is Atari has my attention and I can't wait to see more development on this.  I just we don't end up disappointed in the end.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 04:30 PM

What with Sega Forever and Ataribox, I'm sensing a bit of a trend this year...
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