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Remember the Atari VCS, the Linux-powered gaming console? Well it's still alive and they've decided to give it a bit of an upgrade.

After crowdfunding on IndieGoGo back in 2018, we're still not seeing a huge amount of information or overall progress being shared on how it's doing. What we do know now, is that they're getting rid of the old Bristol Ridge APU and replacing it with the much newer Ryzen which should hopefully make it a more versatile unit. This also means it will be using Radeon Vega graphics and not Radeon R7 which it was previously.

It seems they've been working with AMD on this, as the APU they're going to be using apparently has yet to actually be announced officially by AMD. From what they say it will be a 14nm, with two Zen CPU cores.

As a result of the changes, they said the North American schedule for delivering the final product has been pushed back until the end of 2019.

You can see their full post about it here.

As far as we know, the Atari VCS is still being powered by Linux with the ability to run a normal Linux distribution on it which is why it's a pretty exciting device. I just hope once they eventually ship it, that it lives up to the backers expectations. If it does turn out to be a reasonable little unit, we will happily take a look if it interests readers.

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TheSyldat 19 March 2019 at 3:37 pm UTC
Geppeto35ly fear is that this kind of project will add one argument more to Linux detractors against our OS as suitable for gaming, which should affect us all at GOL
This also fucking this .
This entire Atari box affair has been announced way to early is poorly handled , surfs on the popularity of crowdfunding systems right now and although they seem to be painstainkingly taking good design decisions at long last ... Well as just said "AT LONG LAST" took them a fucking while to start having a somewhat sensical and sensible communication.
And again as far as we can judge so far it's just in prototyping phases ...

Even the Dragon Pyra is further along in its developement ...
slaapliedje 19 March 2019 at 3:38 pm UTC
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DuncI'd almost forgotten about this. That said, the Christmas period is the right time to release something like it, so I wouldn't have expected to see anything until Q4 or late Q3 anyway, and this does look like a reasonable upgrade; the main complaint about the original spec was that it just didn't look powerful enough.

Wait and see. As before.
If they change it now, I don't expect them to release this year.
The Smach Z team had to design the core board themselves due to rhomb.io.
They are at it since late 2017. They now have working small series which need another iteration to squash the defects that were emitted by some of the units.
So that's about 1.5 years from a total new design of a cpu board before the now expected delivery to the crowd funder.

And you are right, the main reason I did not fund the Atari at that time, was that it came with an old soc, while the Smach Z was announced with a new soc.

The difference here is it's pretty much a standard board in a small case (at least that's what the original looked like). They may have to move some things around to make it fit right for them, but that's easy enough to do. Thermals aren't going to be as tight as they would be in a hand held.

They at least make it sound like AMD is helping them out with some of that anyhow, and from what others have said, the thermals on the original board weren't going to work out, but the newer one should do better with heat/throttling.

We do need to remember that this is not really Atari, but just some French company that bought the name many years ago. Then went bankrupt, and had to auction off IP to get back to business. Too bad Battlezone is no longer owned by them, we could have gotten the new version on Linux. It's fun by the way, especially in VR.
Narvarth 19 March 2019 at 3:46 pm UTC
Geppeto35You seem to be keen to defend this project, which is probably laudable.
In the meantime, this VCS Atari does not exist and the list of things you write are only ads for the moment, not real. We are only discussing communication,
I'm not even defending this project, but as i said above, the amount of hatred against this project is disproportionate. Btw, I'm not a backer, and i won't buy it when/if it is delivered (already have a small form factor Pc, with a Ryzen inside).
Geppeto35In the meantime, this VCS Atari does not exist and the list of things you write are only ads for the moment
I'm not working with Atari and i don't know whether their prototype is functionnal or not. But i guess that their 7th update is not totally fake.
Geppeto35We are only discussing communication, which is "our" point.
On this point, we can agree that it is a disaster
Geppeto35my only fear is that this kind of project will add one
argument more to Linux detractors against our OS as suitable for gaming, which should affect us all at GOL
Cannot really understand this point. What's the logic behind ? Linux is just an operating system, it cannot be responsible for all failed projects built around it.
Narvarth 19 March 2019 at 4:04 pm UTC
Geppeto35New paper on the VCS Atari (with facts ;) ) ... why we should fear this project[/url]


Hmm, the part on Fergal is particularly worrying. This kind of problem could really kill Atari...
Whitewolfe80 19 March 2019 at 7:23 pm UTC
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Whitewolfe80well the 3300g and 3600g are coming both are six core 12 threaded apus with navi igpu with the 3300g rumoured to be 100 pounds according to the leak from that singapore website and rough conversion.
100 pounds?! Surely that's way too heavy to put in something like this

Sorry British so i always use my currency for prices
Purple Library Guy 19 March 2019 at 8:16 pm UTC
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Whitewolfe80well the 3300g and 3600g are coming both are six core 12 threaded apus with navi igpu with the 3300g rumoured to be 100 pounds according to the leak from that singapore website and rough conversion.
100 pounds?! Surely that's way too heavy to put in something like this

Sorry British so i always use my currency for prices
And please continue doing so! Dollars are boring, no pun opportunities there at all.
tonR 21 March 2019 at 4:39 am UTC
ArdjeMostly due to crowds screaming Scam, or worse, crying wolf when there is a kitten.
There are a lot of fake crowdfundings, and it promises everything, and never starting anything. They are easily spotted though.
There are also a few crowdfunding programs that get severely damaged by the Scam crowd, a crowd of teenagers that needs to scream at everything that the leader of the herd says to scream at. Actually, this can be found not only at crowdfunding.
So, personally, I don't think it would hurt the Linux "brand", until the leader of the herd will point at Linux as a scam. And no point in telling that leader that 1/2 his household runs linux, because the herd only listens to the leader.
Actually, when you think about it, it's a very very interesting scientific study, mod/crowd psychology. Especially since the crowd is now connected by internet instead of being in a small space.
Sorry, psychology, how absurd it may sound, was my second interest after electronics (Computers were essentially non existent, as the one computer we had at school filled a small classroom). Electronics obviously has been largely replaced by computing, especially since it was obvious that I would never understand antennas, and computer science classes: I did that literally sleeping.
Interesting views Ardje. I won't say I'm agree nor disgree as I didn't know nothing about psychology studies. Still, I'm glad to gaining new knowledge. You know, lifelong education.
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