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Title: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 09, 2017, 04:12:54 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.

(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag160/TrekMD/RVG%20Images/AtariBox_zpsbhhneogq.png)

https://youtu.be/5WNsmCpdhhY

https://www.ataribox.com/
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on June 09, 2017, 07:31:38 AM
Wow. I wonder what this is ?. Could be unveiled at E3?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: AmigaJay on June 09, 2017, 08:57:56 AM
Would be interested if it plays multiple Atari home/arcade games not just 2600 games we have enough of those already!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 09, 2017, 12:39:31 PM
I've subscribed to get more information on it.  We'll see what they've come up with. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 09, 2017, 15:11:15 PM
Well that's pretty cool! Can't wait to find out what it is!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on June 10, 2017, 09:00:50 AM
Omg that looks awesome.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 10, 2017, 16:20:16 PM
There is a lot of speculation going around about it. They have clearly succeeded in generating the noise they wanted to generate with the announcement. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 10, 2017, 18:44:37 PM
This article has some interesting info:  New Atari Hardware Inbound (http://retrogamingmagazine.com/2017/06/10/new-atari-hardware-inbound/)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 14, 2017, 02:55:43 AM
Here is a video from [member=5327]nosweargamer[/member] talking about this device...

https://youtu.be/k-NrWaLNMhs
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 15, 2017, 22:11:15 PM
Saw this and wanted to share it:  Atari wants to get back into hardware, but not with a console (https://www.gamespot.com/articles/atari-wants-to-get-back-into-hardware-but-not-with-a-console/1100-6419745/).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Ryuhi on June 16, 2017, 13:46:26 PM
My guess from what is being said is a handheld console? That would take a lot of guts but with the 3ds being slowly phased out by Nintendo for the hybrid switch it does leave a place on the market for a more affordable handheld.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 16, 2017, 14:33:05 PM
At this point it is anyone's guess but it does seem that whatever they decided to release will not a be a big console.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 16, 2017, 19:27:43 PM
Here's another article about it:

https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/16/atari-ceo-confirms-the-company-is-working-on-a-new-game-console/

I want to know more!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 16, 2017, 19:54:44 PM
This now seems to be a PC-Based system.  I guess we'll have to wait and see what it is they have in mind. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on June 16, 2017, 20:14:40 PM
Interesting, not sure there is a need for this though??


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on June 18, 2017, 19:46:52 PM
I think you have a valid point there fella, but it begs the question, what would all of us want to see here?, a official machine carrying a cross all the Atari platforms with the posiblity of an App Store to which you could purchase these games yet again, with a posiblle addition of classic Atari coin-op games, like Marble Madness , pit fighter, paper boy that type of thing?

Also I'm tire of seeing the Atari 2600 taking preference on these concepts, what about the 7800, 5200 , jaguar, Lynx and A8 systems getting a look in now? Thinking outside the box..especially the AtariBox has to be more than just another updated Atari flashback number, I've being thinking here what possibilities could they captivate here?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 18, 2017, 20:04:56 PM
Well, this may not be retro at all from what I've been reading.  Seems like this will be a modern system; however, it would be cool if it had the ability to play games for the various Atari systems.  I think that would bring appeal to the system for retro gamer and modern gamers alike. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Cryptic33 on June 20, 2017, 13:02:23 PM
I hope you are both right. I am intrigued by this new box but very much on side with Greyfox regarding past titles. Just waiting to be blown away, though I doubt it. The Jaguar is a prime example of hype from Atari. Good console, bags of potential, under supported.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on June 25, 2017, 20:23:40 PM
Cracking ideas GF, if they follow those lines I will be all over this at the right price.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 17, 2017, 22:59:51 PM
Well, we now have our first looks at the Atari Box!  You can read about it here:   First look at the Ataribox design (http://mailchi.mp/fe72ea5be6f5/first-look-ataribox-design?e=%5BUNIQID%5D).

Just in case, here is one of the pictures.  Looks like they are trying to emulate the Atari 2600...

(http://i.imgur.com/xrmrNvA.jpg)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on July 18, 2017, 19:27:29 PM
I like the look of it, now we just need to know what it does!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 19, 2017, 00:33:53 AM
There's a black on black with red logo and lights also.  They both look cool.  Really curious about more details!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on July 19, 2017, 07:46:25 AM
Does look pretty damn awesome.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: JoeMusashi on July 19, 2017, 12:16:40 PM
What's the speculation about what this thing will do then?


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 19, 2017, 13:21:13 PM
They are saying that it will play classic games and modern games but things are not very clear right now. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: JoeMusashi on July 19, 2017, 15:47:09 PM
Yeah it's the modern aspect that's interesting. I guess the retro stuff is a straight forward question of what systems are emulated. Is this some sort of Android based stuff or more bespoke, I wonder. I reckon it will be fed from the web at least.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Dreamcast Gamer on July 19, 2017, 19:43:01 PM
I wonder if Atari will develop any new games based on their classic franchises for it.  That's what I'm hoping for.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 20, 2017, 02:12:38 AM
I guess we'll have to wait to find out. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: JoeMusashi on July 20, 2017, 13:36:55 PM
Don't wait.......SPECULATE!!
Is it a Netflix style system? Will it be like the OUYA and fail just as spectacularly? Do Atari even know what it is, or what it wants to create? Is that why they're 'holding back' information in the hope that we'll speculate and they can gauge what we want as consumers? 4K Pacman!



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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 20, 2017, 18:52:53 PM
LOL  It'll be a uberpowered Atari 26,000 capable of 3D virtual reality gaming, 4K resolution, CD/DVD/BD playback, with online capablities that include multimedia (video, music, and streaming services).  How's that for speculation?  :)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2017, 04:27:43 AM
I got this email today:

Ataribox: Coming Soon!

The buzz on Ataribox continues to grow, and we can’t wait to share more news in the weeks ahead.
 
Ataribox will first be made available via a crowdfunding campaign this Fall 2017 with shipments planned to start in Spring 2018.
 
Why Crowdfunding? Amazing brands are driven by amazing communities. Coming back to hardware is an important step for Atari, and something we intend to do carefully, hand-in-hand with the Atari community that loves our brand as much as we do. Crowdfunding is the ultimate community approach to bring great products to life; and for Atari, it allows us to reward our community with exclusive access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the rollout of the Ataribox.
 
Sign up now at www.ataribox.com to join our community and be among the first to get news and updates!
 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 31, 2017, 16:27:41 PM
Cool, sounds like we should know more about it soon.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on September 29, 2017, 01:25:34 AM
More info! http://www.pcgamer.com/amp/ataribox-will-run-linux-and-amd-custom-processor-will-cost-300/

Definitely more expensive than I thought it would be, and at that price I just don't know who this is for.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 29, 2017, 03:53:21 AM
That is pricey indeed!  Why would anyone with a PS4 or XboxOne need this?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on September 29, 2017, 09:17:51 AM
This will be a massive fail b


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Ryuhi on September 29, 2017, 10:29:31 AM
Right idea. Horrible execution:/
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on October 06, 2017, 16:59:47 PM
More info! http://www.pcgamer.com/amp/ataribox-will-run-linux-and-amd-custom-processor-will-cost-300/

Definitely more expensive than I thought it would be, and at that price I just don't know who this is for.
Ha, this sounds awesome. I'm in 8)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on March 19, 2018, 21:20:43 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYrTY4QU8AAPBnL.jpg)

New look and they are now calling it the Atari VCS. Supposed to be announcing pre-order date next month.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 19, 2018, 21:53:00 PM
Hmm, I wonder if the change is in response to feedback. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on March 19, 2018, 23:13:36 PM
Looks really nice.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 20, 2018, 01:41:17 AM
I have to agree.  I do like the look of it.  Let's just hope it performs well.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on March 20, 2018, 02:24:19 AM
I love that controller... on the left (http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/Saturn025/wub.gif)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 20, 2018, 03:03:09 AM
Not attracted to the charming retro look of the one in the right?  ;)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Ryuhi on March 20, 2018, 06:21:22 AM
Looks great. Hope it works as well and performs ok
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on March 20, 2018, 08:17:57 AM
Not attracted to the charming retro look of the one in the right?  ;)
Ha, not as much.. :D
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on March 20, 2018, 14:00:58 PM
I love that controller... on the left (http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/Saturn025/wub.gif)

It is pretty cool seeing the Atari logo on the controller.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 24, 2018, 01:43:40 AM
Just saw this:  In theory, this new Atari console is going to be awesome (https://www.androidcentral.com/theory-new-atari-console-going-be-awesome).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on March 24, 2018, 02:36:54 AM
That actually sounds pretty good. Interested to hear what the price will be.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on March 24, 2018, 02:59:20 AM
I like the Linux OS and the proposed capabilities. Definitely looking forward to this.
Full support...... like I was planning with the Coleco Chameleon.. :P
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 24, 2018, 03:15:45 AM
Time will tell what this thing will actually do.  I do love the look of it and it is really cool how the joystick lights up...

(https://i.imgur.com/2yjlNCR.gif)
 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: AmigaJay on March 24, 2018, 07:55:11 AM
That joystick does look pretty cool! Though dont like the name, there was already a VCS pretty stupid to call it the same unless the hardware is just based on it which its not.

Price wise, the joystick alone looks premium cant see it being too cheap, as with the system being PC based rather than mobile ARM, so i guess it a minimum it would be mid-range pricing but have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on March 24, 2018, 09:15:48 AM
That stick is very cool looking..

What confuses me is why is there no real chat on the specs and what they are aiming for this, again Atari or who ever these are need to look at the Spectrum next idea and invite homebrewers on board as lets face it the Atari HB scene is so vibrant.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 24, 2018, 15:33:00 PM
I got an email from them and this is all they are saying about it right now:

Just like the original VCS, we’ve packed this system with all the power needed to bring a new kind of home computer experience right to your living room - while staying true to the classic entertainment heritage that Atari was built on.

We will be announcing our exclusive pre-order date for the Atari VCS during the month of April 2018. Just stay on the list - you're already signed up for the latest announcements about Atari VCS. Stay tuned.


I guess we'll find out next month what the system can really do.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on March 24, 2018, 15:55:04 PM
Hardly revealing is it lol.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 24, 2018, 15:58:54 PM
Yep, a lot of words that amount to nothing!  LOL
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on March 24, 2018, 19:21:29 PM
I know the link was in the first post but I just joined the waiting list.
Can't wait to preorder! 8) 8)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 25, 2018, 14:28:20 PM
https://youtu.be/jLfhfKNEmxI
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on March 25, 2018, 15:09:45 PM
Great video :)
Not like this one where guy seems extremely negative on the whole matter. Writes it off as an Indie box but to me, I'm glad it is. I don't share the same view. Kind of a downer on all the excitement:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5ZhU2K7Gyk
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 25, 2018, 19:02:54 PM
Oh yes, I have that one saved to watch later.  It's been interesting seeing the mixed reaction to this new VCS.  Some people are offended by the name, some hate it because it is an indie box, some hate it just because it is this new "Atari" company trying to cash in.  Other people see it as something with great potential, think it is a great idea, like seeing Atari bringing this to the market.  People being people.  :)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on March 26, 2018, 07:57:08 AM
You can’t please everyone sadly. I’m intrigued enough to want to know more.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 31, 2018, 22:01:39 PM
More speculation about the new VCS...

https://youtu.be/HJFmgdFrGQM
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on April 01, 2018, 03:00:26 AM
Sure doesn't sound like there's much to go on LOL.
Target demographic is "Atari moms" lmao. I must be one of those :p
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 10, 2018, 23:56:53 PM
Just leaving this here:  Rumor: First Games For Atari VCS Possibly Revealed (http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/04/09/ataribox-atari-vcs-first-games-revealed/).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on April 11, 2018, 03:11:44 AM
If true it's good that they are getting support from Activision. If you're doing updated 2600 games you really need them.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 11, 2018, 04:21:43 AM
Yes, I guess time will tell how true all of that is.  It's cool by me if it is.  :)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on April 11, 2018, 08:18:10 AM
Interesting developments.. Wonder what level these updates will be, hopefully 16bit style.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 11, 2018, 12:14:36 PM
Well, hopefully they honor the original titles.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 23, 2018, 02:09:59 AM
Just saw this: Fresh Atari VCS Retro Console Details Revealed In Latest Atari Interview (https://hothardware.com/news/atari-vcs-details)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on April 23, 2018, 09:07:41 AM
Hardly news lol, they wanted to put the vapour ware rumours to bed, ok I understand that but targeting two groups with one product seems a disaster to me, its been tried and failed many times before.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: AmigaJay on April 25, 2018, 17:15:50 PM
Exactly, its more no news than news, tbh unless something concrete comes up i’d rather treat it as vapourware which it currently is.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on April 30, 2018, 19:55:38 PM
Looks like Atari is making a thing..apparently now has a landing pad on the 29th of May for the pre-order, early bird pricing at $199.99, so already they are out pricing the casual pick up and play the crowd, versus the cheap and cheerful Android alternatives .. I think this is for the die-hards to which there are many, but not enough to potentially justify the production costs IMO.

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/04/30/1490222/0/en/Atari-Announces-Atari-VCS-Pre-Sale-Begins-May-30th-on-Indiegogo-With-Exclusive-Wood-Front-Collector-s-Edition-Onyx-Model-and-Accessories.html
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 30, 2018, 20:09:48 PM
I hope they have something real to announce about this box before that date.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on May 01, 2018, 12:56:36 PM
Won't be interested personally at that price.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 01, 2018, 17:14:05 PM
Yeah that's just too expensive, plus the fact that they are using crowd funding doesn't sit well with me. If they believe in the product then put up the money and produce it. They should be taking the risk, not the people buying it.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 01, 2018, 20:27:07 PM
The price, the crowdfunding and the lack of details about it do not help. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on May 02, 2018, 00:55:46 AM
I WANT ONE!(http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/8.gif)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on May 02, 2018, 08:10:26 AM
You would. You are banned from buying any of this stuff until we give you permission. Lol.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on May 02, 2018, 12:45:05 PM
Lmao
You rock 8)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on May 24, 2018, 19:54:29 PM
I got an email earlier that pre orders will go live Wednesday :D
Details:

Click When Timer Hits 00:00:00:00
[insert big red button here]
(http://i.countdownmail.com/2ozur.gif)

Once the timer runs out, click on the red bar above to unveil your exclusive discounted Atari VCS Onyx.
Atari VCS Pre-Orders Open Next Wednesday,
May 30 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET
You thought ahead to join this list, so we're making sure you'll be among the first to know as soon as your exclusive discount link goes live.

Plus: Even if the limited-quantity early bird deal runs out for the general public, you can be assured we've reserved these units for a week so you can still pre-order.
Click When Timer Hits 00:00:00:00
Start sharing your excitement today:
   Share on Facebook
   Tweet all about it
   Email to a friend


CAN'T WAIT!(http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/Saturn025/wub.gif)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 25, 2018, 00:51:26 AM
So, we have a week to preorder?  Because I'll be in the operating room when this goes live.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 29, 2018, 00:35:18 AM
Looks like the specs have leaked.  See them here: Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/AtariVCS/comments/8mtuko/full_specs_of_the_atari_vcs_are_viewable_in_the/)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on May 29, 2018, 00:54:04 AM
Looks like the specs have leaked.  See them here: Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/AtariVCS/comments/8mtuko/full_specs_of_the_atari_vcs_are_viewable_in_the/)

It's getting hammered pretty hard in the comments. Makes no difference to me tho, still buying in. :D
Wish I had some extra money, I'd send one to zapiy's house(http://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s603/SaturnRVG/Misc/Emoticons/laugh_zpsqfgqldgz.png)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 29, 2018, 01:06:21 AM
I can see why.  The storage is really low if this is meant for modern gaming as well.  You can eat through 32 GB in no time.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 30, 2018, 14:54:52 PM
Well, not only has this gotten funded in minutes, it is at 700% of goal as I write this.  I guess there is a bit of interest for it.  :)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 30, 2018, 15:01:13 PM
Well here's the link to the Indiegogo campaign. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atari-vcs-game-stream-connect-like-never-before-computers-pc#/?ref=pr

It's only been up for a few hours and they are sitting at almost $800,000! Looks like you're not alone Saturn!


Edit: Whoops, completely missed your post above Trek. Anyway it's now over 1.7 million!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: AmigaJay on May 30, 2018, 21:02:18 PM
I guess Atari fans have jumped on this looking at target already! Not sure there is enough content to warrant other people jumping this early, bar some old games and Tempest 4000 which is already out, hardware and joystick looks nice, but needs more software to stand out from and give a real reason to put money down.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on May 30, 2018, 22:46:45 PM
Ugh, I've been on the road all day. About to order now, almost 9 hrs late...
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on May 30, 2018, 22:55:28 PM
Proceed with caution, the Vega scenario really puts me off I’m afraid.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 31, 2018, 01:41:31 AM
Well, let us hope that doesn't become the issue with this.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 06, 2018, 00:01:51 AM
This video may be of interest...

https://youtu.be/vgftgTNtYLo
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 20, 2018, 23:27:39 PM
Preorders are still going strong, apparently:  Atari VCS campaign almost at $3 million, adds 'Tribute Edition' option (https://www.cnet.com/news/atari-vcs-campaign-almost-at-3m-gets-new-tribute-edition-preorder-option/).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on June 21, 2018, 01:34:19 AM
That's quite impressive given the negativity online via so many experts! ;D
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 21, 2018, 01:41:48 AM
Ex-what?!  People who used to be perts?  LOL
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on June 21, 2018, 01:46:09 AM
...............(http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/21.gif)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 23, 2018, 04:26:33 AM
There is some drama going on:  Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide... (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/21/atari_interview_in_full/)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on June 25, 2018, 23:45:41 PM
Always drama..
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 26, 2018, 00:36:50 AM
Sadly, yes. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on June 26, 2018, 11:58:46 AM
Will be interesting if this affects the long term prospects of this?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 26, 2018, 13:34:20 PM
I guess it will depend on them and whatever they end up releasing.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 28, 2018, 00:50:35 AM
I got this update today:

Tin Giant Officially Joins the Atari VCS Team

We’ve had lots of questions about the software developers, system architects, and designers working with us to bring the Atari VCS™ to life. We have sourced the best of the best to work alongside our team at Atari to create our new hardware system. We are excited to finally pull back the curtain and introduce a team member who has been a “behind-the-scenes” contributor until now.

Rob Wyatt, the system architect of the original Xbox®️ console and a designer of graphics architecture for Playstation®️3 and other systems has been consulting with the Atari VCS team for many months and today we can officially welcome Rob and his company Tin Giant to the team.

Tin Giant has been engaged with Atari, plus AMD and lead hardware engineer Joe Moak, since last year to help define the Atari VCS product requirements, use cases, hardware, operating systems and more. For Atari’s backers and fans, it means that the VCS operating system and final system architecture are in some of the most capable and expert hands on the planet!

Having one of the best in the business help steer Atari VCS through our ongoing product development as we prepare for full production has been one more step forward on our journey to bring backers and fans the very best gaming and entertainment platform we can. We’re excited to dive deeper with you -- now with Rob’s official help -- into what’s had us so excited from the beginning.

Check out the full press announcement below and watch for an upcoming Q&A with Rob Wyatt. Please send your questions for Rob to HelloVCS@atari.com with the subject line: “Q&A Question For Rob” and we will pick the best and most popular ones for him to answer in an update next week.

Thanks for your continued support as we work to make Atari VCS the very best it can be!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 28, 2018, 04:22:49 AM
That sounds good but I still don't trust them after the whole thing with the reporter.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 28, 2018, 04:49:47 AM
I suppose time will tell.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 07, 2018, 18:42:23 PM
Here is an interview with Kieren McCarty, "the journalist that Atari attacked." 

https://youtu.be/5JLkIdPAR5s
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 16, 2018, 03:18:22 AM
Here is the other side of the coin, courtesy of Atari:  Atari VCS Product Q&A #1 (https://medium.com/@atarivcs/atari-vcs-product-q-a-1-b2017894c15d).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on July 16, 2018, 09:45:23 AM
It's a fascinating situation all this, so much drama lol.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on July 16, 2018, 12:08:20 PM
Seems to be the theme of "the day."  Everything has to be surrounded by drama. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: AmigaJay on July 16, 2018, 13:26:09 PM
Some of this does remind me of that Coleco Chameleon or whatever that was with fake video, the way Tempest 4000 was originally shown as running on early Atari VCS dev kits, later they said after people called them out it was just the PC version, and Jeff Minter didnt even know about the VCS let alone start to code anything for it, does make you wonder about anything else todo with the whole project.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on July 17, 2018, 09:15:14 AM
Certainly not got to a good start in terms of trust.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 18, 2019, 21:32:28 PM
It's been a while since anything got posted here about this.  I got an update today so I'm sharing it here:

Atari VCS 2019: More Power is Coming to the Atari VCS

Hello Backers!

The team entered the year 2019 with a lot of great momentum and excitement around the Atari VCS project, confident in our direction and progress. Atari is working with some of the top talent and companies in the business, all helping to implement the vision for both the product and all the elements that go into it.

This project’s integrity and backers’ emotional and financial investments are and will always be our top priorities. Today’s new Atari VCS blog, linked below, discusses our recent decision to upgrade to an all-new AMD chip, and its impact on the product’s delivery which is now end of 2019.

When reading the blog (https://medium.com/@atarivcs/more-power-is-coming-to-the-atari-vcs-20c02f3aefc2?r=slt-eml-bck-a2e0), we hope you all appreciate the reasons why we decided to make this upgrade and why, when given an opportunity to improve the product in exchange for a new delivery date, we chose to upgrade. Working together with project partners and stakeholders, we took the time to fully-mature this important decision before making it public. The team is listening to your comments and questions and are confident that this change positively reflects many of our fans’ and backers’ feedback.

We also acknowledge your requests for more frequent updates, but please bear in mind that Atari and its partners are constrained by mutually-agreed approval processes and other restrictions that may be legal, self-imposed, regulatory and/or some combination of these. Details about the product(s) and strategies of both Atari and its partners can and will be shared only when all stakeholders agree.

We cannot thank you enough for your support!

The Atari VCS Team
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: RPC_GAMES on March 18, 2019, 22:02:23 PM
On the info I've just read it looks like to me just another games console emulator on a chip but I could be wrong.
Let's wait and see. 😀
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: RPC_GAMES on March 18, 2019, 22:05:24 PM
Oh here it is. Www.atarivcs.com
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 18, 2019, 22:06:04 PM
I guess we'll find out towards the end of the year.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on March 23, 2019, 12:48:55 PM
This is just too slow to market, by the time it comes out it will be superseded.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 23, 2019, 13:33:02 PM
That's likely why they chose to upgrade the CPU even if it meant delaying the release.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on March 30, 2019, 02:35:08 AM
Here is another update:

Hello Backers!

With the March AMD Ryzen upgrade announcement still fresh, the Atari VCS team spent four days at GDC in San Francisco where we met with numerous content providers and creators, distributors and others, before heading south to spend a full day with our engineering team to review and discuss the latest project developments, manufacturing schedules and status updates for the VCS.

Now that the AMD news and broader schedule change has been revealed, there is other news that we can now start sharing!

First up today is an all-new Official Atari VCS blog entry featuring a comprehensive overview of the updated industrial design architecture of the Atari VCS. The team is incredibly excited about the design and feature changes that have been made to prepare the VCS for final production. As we provide additional updates over the next few weeks and months, we think that fans and backers will appreciate all the thought and care that went into shaping our decisions.

One important thing to clarify for everyone right now is that all Atari VCS products are on the same timeline. Joysticks, Controllers and VCS systems ordered through the Indiegogo campaign and Backerkit platform will all ship to backers on the same schedule, regardless of whether they are standalone units or part of a bundle. This also applies to the rollout of retail product what it happens.

Thanks again for the ongoing support, kind words, and to the many new contributors to the Atari VCS campaign in recent months. It’s truly humbling that so many Atari fans around the world are not only excited about our first new game and entertainment system in decades, but willing to get behind it and help make it a reality. We appreciate all our passionate fans and are grateful to have each and every one of you on this journey with us!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on April 04, 2019, 10:33:43 AM
Cheers for the update.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 04, 2019, 13:50:39 PM
People are still saying nothing but negative stuff and turning the updates into something bad.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on April 19, 2019, 23:33:16 PM
Here's the latest updates:

Hello Backers!

In case you missed it: AMD has now officially announced its new Ryzen™ Embedded R1000 SoC in a press release on April 16th, 2019. They proudly mention the Atari VCS partnership and included the following quote from Atari:

“With the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 powering the Atari VCS, we can support the 4K 60fps HDR content that users expect from a modern, secure gaming and entertainment system.” said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari Connected Devices. “AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded SoC will also help protect the VCS’ environment and content as we support an unprecedented open-access model that allows Atari’s highly-creative community to install any other operating system side by side with the Atari OS.”

We are thrilled to be among the first companies to utilize this exciting new AMD product. We are also honored to be partnered with AMD and incredibly pleased with how well everything is proceeding with the Atari VCS project thanks to their assistance.

The team really appreciated all the great feedback regarding the updated design of the Atari VCS after our last update! Stay-tuned for a deep-dive into all the details of the final Classic Joystick and Modern Controller designs in our next Medium blog coming soon.

Thanks again!

— The Atari VCS Team
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on April 22, 2019, 22:32:07 PM
Cheers for that mate.


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Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Cryptic33 on April 29, 2019, 09:00:18 AM
Yes, I get the emails also. I agree Trek, it is amazing, given how much support has been shown, that a number of sites and individuals still bash the VCS. There are many arguments to have over originality, Atari of old and the competition. However, this is a new product which, admittedly has been annoyingly delayed, should be judged as such. Something new on the market. I say, let’s go with it and see what we get when this thing is finally released.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on May 22, 2019, 03:55:21 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/1RUAz2i.jpg)

We have another exciting update today and will be sharing the latest news from the world of Atari VCS peripherals. Our latest Atari VCS developer blog showcases the improvements and final designs of the Atari Classic Joystick and Atari Modern Controller, the first two all-new Atari input devices designed specifically for the VCS that will be shipping to our Indiegogo backers, alongside the system itself; and then to the world.

These two awesome input devices have come a long way and benefitted from a number of iterations and enhancements since we first showed them last year. We think you will like what you see and learn. Speaking of Indiegogo, in case you still need to order an actual VCS system, and/or have fallen hard for these sweet new Joysticks and Controllers after reading the new blog -- all the products are currently still available via Indemand on our Indiegogo campaign page.

Why wait any longer to see them? Jump over to the latest Atari VCS Medium blog and learn all about the cool things that the Atari VCS and PowerA teams have been working on for you!

Link to the latest Atari VCS project blog at Medium.com (https://medium.com/@atarivcs/peripherals-update-designed-for-atari-vcs-in-partnership-with-powera-252685b0f2f1)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 11, 2019, 18:58:06 PM
Based on an update posted today, we have an official launch month for the system:  March 2020.

The Atari VCS team is pleased to make some exciting announcements at the dawn of the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

The Atari VCS campaign on Indiegogo has officially come to a close and the Atari VCS Official Online Pre-Sale has now begun! Shop now for Atari VCS systems and accessories in the USA at GameStop.com, Walmart.com and of course, the relaunched AtariVCS.com.

New models and configurations can now be viewed and ordered for products that will start shipping in March 2020. Additional retailers and international markets will be announced.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 12, 2019, 17:11:47 PM
I hope this ends up being successful but I think the price could be a big problem for most. The basic unit for $250 is quite a bit already but the deluxe version with more ram and both controllers is going for $390!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on June 13, 2019, 03:08:29 AM
That's quite a bit of $$$ for the full package. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on September 25, 2019, 11:33:08 AM
Have just seen this on a social media and I have to say I'm quite concerned for those that paid and backed this project as Atari seem to be ignoring their audience, understandably things change direction and rarely do they actually ever arrive on time, but Atari aren't doing themselves any favours here..

Have a look : https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/09/25/atari_retro_console/
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 25, 2019, 12:10:14 PM
Oh boy.  That keeps looking worse and worse. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: davyk on September 25, 2019, 17:55:28 PM
I'm afraid I don't have a lot of sympathy for anyone who coughed up money based on what evidence was available.

I hope it works out for people but I really don't see it at this point unless they pull a magic rabbit out of a hat.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on September 25, 2019, 18:10:09 PM
Shocking state of affairs to be honest.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 25, 2019, 19:42:34 PM
It's really unfortunate because this drags the Atari name further down the drain.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on September 25, 2019, 23:52:53 PM
Holy crap, glad I didn't buy in!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 28, 2019, 20:24:51 PM
Looks like Atari knows what's going on and they've posted an update...

(https://i.imgur.com/RCq1h76.png)
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Cryptic33 on September 29, 2019, 10:42:11 AM
The whole thing is a mess and doesn’t show any promise now 😐
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on September 29, 2019, 15:46:12 PM
The above of what Trek has posted is collateral damage control with liaising the premise for the money investment which diverts from for what the actually specifications of the machine and it UI it will use, if they truly had any real progress of the hardware they would have retroactively promoted across all social media and news portals, the above is simply a diversion while they conduct additional fire control while they progress with development. I know they are working on real hardware it's just it could be a case of Atari thinking that this is still the nineties where R&D and cost of chips etc. are at the same price ranges 😆

When it arrives, I'm sure it's going to be lambasted for not having this or that..and is the way of he general public these days.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 29, 2019, 18:24:39 PM
There's a phrase there that makes you wonder what the heck they've been doing: "Funds have been allocated to Atari VCS development..."  When?  Now?!?!?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 30, 2019, 14:07:08 PM
And now there is an official update sent by "Atari."

(https://i.imgur.com/tf1Okch.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uOnnkJS.jpg)

Hello Backers, Fans, and Followers!

Ready for some exciting new Atari VCS news? After a bit more radio-silence than we’d planned, we’re now ready to talk about something you’ve all been wanting to hear a lot more about: games!

And it’s not just a few games either. We’re talking about thousands of games, ready for you to play, at the launch of the Atari VCS. As you are reading this, we have dropped a press release announcing our exclusive partnership with Antstream Arcade to deliver the entire retro Atari games back catalog to the Atari VCS, along with thousands of other fully-licensed classic games available on the Antstream service. So, along with beloved Atari classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, there are thousands of additional arcade, desktop, and console titles available, such as Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja, Double Dragon, Jumpman, Metal Slug and many others.

Please check out the full Atari VCS / Antstream Arcade PR announcement here. (https://atarivcs.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=514d5e8e2ca64b78c0c6f5a2e&id=fe689bd72a&e=51d8404f59)

Then check out the latest Atari VCS Medium Blog here, for additional details about this exciting partnership. (https://atarivcs.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=514d5e8e2ca64b78c0c6f5a2e&id=8c1cb0bc88&e=51d8404f59)

You can find all the previous Atari VCS developer blog posts here. (https://atarivcs.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=514d5e8e2ca64b78c0c6f5a2e&id=0609f188e1&e=51d8404f59)

Once again, please complete your BackerKit survey as soon as possible. There are still more than 300 backers who need to do this. Check your spam filter for the address you used on Indiegogo if you have not seen the emails from BackerKit or go to https://atari-vcs.backerkit.com/ and request a survey. This survey and your backer profile is the best way to ensure that you will get all the right products sent to the right place at the right time.

As always, thanks again to every backer for your ongoing support. Things are heating up!

⁠— The Atari VCS Team
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on September 30, 2019, 18:15:31 PM
Okay..nicely done by Atari..but back catalogue isn't exactly lighting the world on fire here, that can be played on a ton of other devices before this so this is a snooze update. It great that they've announced a partnership with them but what is there coming that sets the machine apart? Where are the exclusive? Even BitmapSoft have those? 😆

Nothing about release, nothing about specs very late in the game now, nothing about upcoming games, nothing about the outlined plans going forward for the future? I get it that they are committed to this been a possible long term entity but I think they and the name can be used to sit tight and operate off the strength of the brand f alone, not really feeling obligated to it's users base with the simple questions I've posted above. And I firmly believe the pricing is far fetched too. I would have purchased one of these if it had been the 120-150 mark, but I guess that should be a reality when people no longer want them anymore and I'll end up getting it for that price longterm. 🥳
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 30, 2019, 18:51:03 PM
And I read that owners of the Atari Box will still have to pay for the subscription to that service! 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on September 30, 2019, 18:55:35 PM
Piss poor but I guess it was never going to be free.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on September 30, 2019, 19:05:58 PM
It's free for one month.  Then, you've got to pay.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 01, 2019, 18:49:14 PM
It’s all becoming a bad dream. I am losing faith in this project, fast.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on October 07, 2019, 14:23:07 PM
I already lost it mate.

Such a shame.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 08, 2019, 13:21:11 PM
Here's is another update:

Hello Backers, Fans, and Followers!

Things have gotten really exciting around the Atari offices and in the Atari VCS engineering lab. We know people are talking about our big Antstream Arcade announcement, but the PCB board photo we shared triggered plenty of its own conversation and speculation as well. While we definitely have plans to follow-up the Antstream partnership with more news about games and content, we will now shift the conversation back to the status of the Atari VCS hardware. Jump over to Medium and check out our newest Atari VCS Developer Blog (https://medium.com/@atarivcs/atari-vcs-plastics-thermals-and-internals-f72e61897b81) to find the latest on the development process as we rapidly approach mass production. We have lots of new photos and illustrations to share, and hope that you find the latest peek behind the scenes interesting.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on October 08, 2019, 22:08:42 PM
That's good to see...but...this is not good...not good at all? Again Atari have fallen on one bad decisions one after the next here..

On side they are taking flight and on the other they are bombing like a lead balloon 😖

Read on.. https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/10/08/atari_architect_quits/#click=https://t.co/BoVVchqyMw
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 09, 2019, 04:14:33 AM
Lovely.  From bad to worse.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on October 09, 2019, 11:20:50 AM
This is going down the pan, fast.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 10, 2019, 02:57:04 AM
Here is a video from John Hancock about this whole mess...

https://youtu.be/-JC3EF242jM
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on October 10, 2019, 03:12:20 AM
Immortal? More like dickhead.
If you cut out all the times he said frustrating, train wreck and disaster, his report would've been about 2 minutes long lol.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on October 10, 2019, 03:18:26 AM
I believe it's not going to happen or will be a farce, at best. So happy I opted not to go all in.
Sounded so nice over a year ago when it was first announced that preorders were available. Who knew it
would crumble this hard...
He mentioned the Chameleon, this sounds a lot worse! Damn shame.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 10, 2019, 03:56:17 AM
And here is another video that does a "deep dive."  This situation goes from bad to worse.  Very sad as it is smearing the Atari name more and more.  Someone who cares needs to buy the name back and save it.

https://youtu.be/ZXR48cu69bM
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Saturn on October 10, 2019, 04:15:49 AM
Yikes, he picked it apart in detail! Scary stuff..
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 10, 2019, 04:34:12 AM
Yep, he sure did!  Very informative precisely because he goes into detail. 
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2019, 04:20:50 AM
And here we have Atari's rebuke of all this stuff:  Atari disputes reports that its retro-inspired console is doomed (https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/10/20907755/atari-vcs-troubled-development-architect-operating-system-crowdfunding-campaign?fbclid=IwAR0cyS3pNfTjev_Ixqvhrq3vEsHo15qvh5sNrs1pNvL7hOIFIRx3M9Kqzvw).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: davyk on October 11, 2019, 13:39:13 PM

When someone wants money up front to develop a prototype - that sends me a message that they do not believe in the project.  Someone who believes in it would invest some time and money to build a prototype. Then see if it can be productised - THEN look for funding.

The whole thing smelt bad to me. $300? pre-order with the info they gave? Thanks but no thanks.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2019, 17:20:39 PM
And this goes from worse, to much worse:  Atari's retro console project appears to be completely falling apart (https://mashable.com/article/atari-vcs-development-hell/?fbclid=IwAR2v2yVpUYRh8KfgFY7Nae5P1hqdTFgPoPSqfenrC4yOjv8OXV6t9T-4ha0).
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on November 28, 2019, 10:39:15 AM
Well, while it's falling apart over there, it seems to be coming together over here lol.
https://medium.com/@atarivcs/atari-vcs-q-a-with-coo-michael-arzt-645c1a6d3e0
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on November 28, 2019, 15:17:24 PM
And reality is somewhere in the middle?
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: zapiy on November 28, 2019, 17:54:53 PM
Crazy set of circumstances.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on November 28, 2019, 17:55:46 PM
It sure is!
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: davyk on November 29, 2019, 09:52:48 AM

That's actually looking a lot better.

I may have to eat my words. Will see.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2019, 14:01:35 PM
A lot of people may find themselves eating their words!  Only time will tell.
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: Greyfox on December 10, 2019, 11:07:03 AM
This looks very promising and it might the case Atari will have the haters retreating back to their caves. 😆

https://medium.com/@atarivcs/the-latest-from-the-atari-vcs-factory-its-all-in-the-details-now-6c8ed3365231
Title: Re: Atari Box
Post by: TrekMD on December 10, 2019, 12:12:21 PM
Well, they sure aren't quiet themselves any more.