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Ah yes, the Atari VCS, the Linux-powered console/PC hybrid thing that's coming out supposedly by the end of this year has a new announcement and…nope it's not more games.

You would think as the release of the hardware is approaching, after numerous delays, they would be loudly talking about all those wonderful games that will support it but no. Instead, you get another streaming application. On top of Antstream for retro games, AirConsole for cheaply made multiplayer browser games and Game Jolt which is apparently helping to bring over some indies they've announced Plex.

Sure, Plex itself is quite a nice streaming application and having direct support for it means you get another device that can stream your vast amount of video and audio. It's better than not having Plex but not exactly going to be exciting for people still wanting to know what damn games will work on it. Considering their own Linux-based Atari World OS that comes pre-loaded requires games to have Linux builds to work on it, this shouldn't be too hard for them to find some indies to get on it relatively easily but it's far too quiet on announcements.

Don't get me wrong, I think the idea of the Atari VCS is nice. A tidy little unit that's a good size, admittedly I think it's very stylish and the ability to run whatever operating system on it you want is a great feature but…I'm not excited about it at all. They have barely done anything to make it exciting at this point. Considering for streaming you can just set up a vastly cheaper Raspberry Pi 4, which I've done and it works great, the Atari VCS needs a few fresh features to turn heads.

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Luke_Nukem 26 Aug
They need to partner with Valve in a big way, and get a dedicated Steam streaming app done. Even better would be the Steam app in some form with a curated list.
Raaben 26 Aug
At this point my only interest is if it flops and gets cheap enough to pick up for the case alone. Assuming that comes out looking ok.
Mohandevir 26 Aug
Thinking the same, Liam. The concept is cool, but every news that comes out of it is one step closer to DOA. I'm pitying those that backed it and paid for what seems to be an overpriced and under featured experience.

I mean, Anstream? AirConsole? Seriously?

Where is Stadia? Where is Steam Link?

No indies onboard is already bad... Missing on those two is even worse, imo.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 26 August 2020 at 12:11 pm UTC
sketch 26 Aug
so does my 10 years old smart tv 50 inches Samsung fhd which i buyed for around 300 euros at the time...


Last edited by sketch on 26 August 2020 at 1:26 pm UTC
wytrabbit 26 Aug
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Quoting: MohandevirWhere is Stadia? Where is Steam Link?

These would actually be brilliant and make a lot of sense, especially Stadia because it looks like their only dedicated device is the Chromecast.
CFWhitman 26 Aug
Assuming it actually makes it to market, this seems like a nice set top box type device, but there is little besides style to set it apart from an ITX based system you could build yourself, and to justify its price/performance ratio. I doubt that's going to be enough. We'll see. I'd love to be wrong.


Last edited by CFWhitman on 26 August 2020 at 6:08 pm UTC
elmapul 26 Aug
i said it was an scam.
we should have save this money and donated to godot or something like it instead.
Geppeto35 26 Aug
Well, it was written since the first minute of the project considering the people and the project itself.
Let's hope that the OBJ or STL files of the box will be released at some point.
The title "No More Games..." seems a bit misleading to me. It reads as if games will no longer play at all on the box.
slaapliedje 26 Aug
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Quoting: MohandevirThinking the same, Liam. The concept is cool, but every news that comes out of it is one step closer to DOA. I'm pitying those that backed it and paid for what seems to be an overpriced and under featured experience.

I mean, Anstream? AirConsole? Seriously?

Where is Stadia? Where is Steam Link?

No indies onboard is already bad... Missing on those two is even worse, imo.
The theory is that it should be open enough to throw whatever on there.
What I would like to see is BPM of Steam becoming more PS4 like (with an app store for some streaming apps). Then you really could just through Steam Link app on it and use it as your multimedia center. Then it wouldn't even matter what the specs of the box are, as your gaming computer on the network would be the powerhouse for it.
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