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#41 BlackCatz40

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:35 PM

Not as bad as the CatBox for the Jaguar. :)

True. But, I hope that the next name is a little better because "AtariBox" sounds like it almost infringes on "XBox." I know it doesn't, but the names sound too similar right now anyway.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 10:28 PM

I am not exactly sure what I think about the "AtariBox" at this moment.  I mean that design does not interest me at all and in some ways looks rushed.  I would have rather had another wedge design in a similar fashion to the 5200 or 7800.  I could have seen and accepted a gloss black and silver plate or some other kind of silver trim maybe outlining an edge but the current design doesn't appeal to me at the moment.  

 

So...for me...in order for the AtariBox to completely suck me in I will need to see what the hardware is capable of and what games are going to be available for it.  What I don't want is games built-in.  Let it come with one or two games, maybe a code for one game of the consumer's choice, but I don't want a lot of games I either already got or in a genre I won't want to play.  That reason alone is the only reason I am not looking forward to the SNES Mini coming out in September.  It has lots of good games, sure, but not a one of them is a shoot 'em up that I enjoyed playing on that system.  


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

Just noticed this very moment, on the ATARIBOX website after the promotional video plays the thumbnails for related Ataribox videos ;) THIS SHIT WRITES ITSELF !

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 03:00 PM

As much as I know that this Atari is not the Atari we grew up with I really hope they are not shooting themselves in the foot with AtariBox.  I do wonder if the system is Linux based or not.  A proprietary OS doesn't seem possible because not many developers in the gaming industry are doing such things these days.  There are lots of open-source options that were not as readily available in the past, and it doesn't take much to modify one of those, that it would make since to cut corners and costs by using a form of Linux.  It's also an OS that has become popular recently as a gaming platform.  Some Steam games have started to support the OS and Ubuntu even has an app similar to Google Play where programs can be obtained.  Some free, some for a price.  It just makes more sense to me to use PC hardware, a form of Linux which is free, leaving time to learn how to develop games for it.  

 

Atari has already proved to me what kind of company they are.  Not entirely bad but I don't think they appreciated the many game titles they claim ownership to.  The modern remakes of well known and loved 2600 titles lost their path to their originals somewhere along the way.  I tried their Star Raiders...and while visually stunning didn't impress me.  It didn't feel like Star Raiders.  Nor did Yar's Revenge.  If this is the same Atari that is making AtariBox...I'm not impressed and I hope they are not planning on doing similar redesigns to other titles the Atari consoles got.  A revamped Cybermorph is not needed.  Do something new and fresh.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:28 PM

http://www.alistdail...-brand-revival/

 

In the article, their CEO admits the "Atari" company is just a brand management entity who is exploring licensing in all areas of "transmedia".  :rofl:

 

I am skeptical AT BEST. Hope to be proven wrong.  :vulcan_salute: 


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 06:26 AM

It could be a promising first step back into business. I hope so.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:04 AM

I just learned more about the Ataribox. It will run Linux, and has an AMD processor with Radeon graphics. It will be a PC experience, linking music, social media, et cetera, while playing games. That makes things a little better to me concerning the fact that it runs Linux. But, I am still not so sure. Could be promising, like TeddyGermany said. IMHO, and I know it may go down lumpy with some of you, I was wishing it would run RISC-based technology like the Jaguar. That would make it somewhat unique, to me anyway.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:56 AM

The part of the problem with said AtariBox is just that, it doesn't have anything specifically unique to it and is just another off-the-shelf components slapped together in a shoddy box which comes across to me as nothing more than a money grab. It'll probably just be an Atari-branded SteamOS and nothing more.

They haven't shown what the controller, joystick or input device looks like yet... nor have they confirmed any original 3rd party (or first party for that matter) titles in development for such a... product.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:18 PM

In addition to the details regarding Linux, AMD, etc. They also showed photos of the actual protos, revealed price range and talked about the indiegogo campaign. Spoiler, its real wood.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:22 PM

That was a real photo? I'll have to go back and take a second look.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:09 PM

Yeah, the photos from today are real units. The email had more info than their social media posts.

From the email:

Thanks for your patience & support so far.

Today we're sharing brand new pics, more on what's inside, & more info on launch.

The pictures we're sharing today are of first prototypes. Everyone that has seen Ataribox first-hand loves it, feeling the Atari 2600 influence, while still being a modern design.

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).

We're launching Ataribox on Indiegogo this fall (read: pretty soon). To reiterate why: we want you, the Atari community, to be part of this launch. We want you to have early access, grab special editions (& pricing) and to have you as active partners in the rollout of Ataribox. We want you to be part of the story.

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

Hope you like what we are sharing today, and are ready for lots more in the weeks ahead.

PS: To confirm what many of you have asked: the Wood Edition is made with real wood ;)

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:15 PM

And the pics.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:38 PM

I don't need no stinkin' wood. Termites are no friend of mine. ;)


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:43 PM

A decent article on VentureBeat with Ataribox creator:

https://venturebeat....t-at-least-249/
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:45 PM

I don't need no stinkin' wood. Termites are no friend of mine. ;)


There's always the new "Vader" model.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

I am hoping the factor that wakes people to reality is over pricing and the Indigogo RED FLAG, we will have to wait and see, priced right I would consider it just for the case and styling (knowing full well support is likely to be lame)  - overall ever since earlier talks about PC technology I have to say this is about EXACTLY what I was expecting, in other words a low powered PC hardware box with Linux core that streams with apps etc. THIS IS LIKE A THOUSAND OTHER STREAMING BOXES you can import from cheap Chinese sites like AliExpress / DX . com etc. It seems about the only thing that will set it apart (IF IT EVEN COMES TOGETHER AS THEY CLAIM) is the addition of bundled Atari games (emulated like on Android on I  am guessing) and a 2600 theme / styling.  Even just as that could have been a fun impulse grab at the right pricing level just for collectors purposes but it is sounding like that styling along with the logo / licensing and bundle of Atari games is exactly why they seem to feel they can waaaaaay over charge for this. If that is the case I think  I will  just get a similar device at a 3rd of the cost and simply slap on some woodgrain MAKtac, install my own emulated Atari games and call it a day. Sure it may not be "official" but it will be something likely almost as good if not better. 

 

;)  TRY TO REMEMBER FOLKS THIS IS NOT REALLY "ATARI" IT IS SIMPLY A NAME / LICENSE / IP acquired by people looking to bank our love and nostalgia for the original company. Some, actually many people always seem to want to believe that it is something more, it really isn't. And hey that is fine, even I would buy into something like this merely for that Atari logo if it were priced at an impulse buy level but it does not look like that will be the case so imho buying into and supporting such crap tells these companies how gullible and accepting we are to buy into ANYTHING and ANY PRICE, vote with your dollars folks and send the proper message. 


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:00 PM

Great points MRD! The price point is mind blowing considering that you can get an Xbox One S, PS4 and Switch within that range with guaranteed AAA support from developers and some of the best IP on offer. I love the styling but I'm not sure that Atari can compete on that level. This should be a $100 box.

If it had cart support for the classic platforms through the Jag, I would be in. As a set top box, not so much. Its fun to watch though.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:24 PM

I did find it interesting that CEO Lisa Su of AMD gave Atari a shoutout for using AMD as their customized chips with embedded Radeon graphics. It will be truly interesting if this honestly a customized chip made specifically for Atari via AMD but I find that highly unlikely since this is being crowd funded.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

Just to add for those wondering about the integrity / history of those currently involved with "ATARIBOX" here is something to consider posted now by Larry Bundy on Facebook - Pasted exactly from his original post

 

Larry Bundy
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Anyone who is thinking in investing in that AtariBox, I seriously recommend you have a long, hard think about doing so.
The project is run by a man with a track record of abandoned kickstarters and using either Chinese knock-offs or over the counter items you could easily build yourself.He screwed up his USB memory wristband Kickstarter so much, he ended up sending all the backers an email on how to build them themselves >.>
Anyhoo, here's a video on his previous projects:

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:01 PM

@Clint - Regarding Lisa Su, I was just reading that on Forbes.

https://www.forbes.c...x-game-console/

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