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Remember the Ataribox? [Official Site] The Linux-powered retro console that will turn to crowdfunding sometime soon just had the reveal of their Joystick.

I'm quite excited by it, as it does sound like an interesting Linux-powered device. Considering they said before that you will be able to get full access to the underlying Linux OS, it could be a damn fine little unit.

Take a look at the pictures they shared recently (from their official Facebook):

The design looks perfect. Stylish and simple!

Also, something that was missing from Valve's Steam Machines, which the Ataribox will have is proper access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO and more. Which was also confirmed in another of their Facebook updates. I assume this means it will have proper applications set up to just tap and browse.

I'm pretty keen to hear more about what retro and "current" titles they're planning to have on it. It's sounding more and more interesting! I still have some worries about how it's going to turn out, but I'm staying positive until we see what happens with the crowdfunding that has yet to be started. If it turns out okay, I will be first in line for one for sure. As a Linux fan and a tech enthusiast, it ticks many boxes for me.

Finally, they have a survey up at the moment where you can tell them what you feel is important, like full access to the Linux OS inside.

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Guppy 27 November 2017 at 2:31 pm UTC
Heh top image made it look like it was a touch pad ala. the steam controler
Guppy 27 November 2017 at 2:42 pm UTC
Their outbound tracking from the survey is a tad broken xD

https://ataribox.com/?utm_source={{utm_source}}&utm_medium={{utm_medium}}

Testing is for chumps
Lakorta 27 November 2017 at 2:44 pm UTC
I have high hopes for this console
wojtek88 27 November 2017 at 3:07 pm UTC
LakortaI have high hopes for this console
I want to be positive, but it seems that people claim that current Atari brand has nothing to do with the fathers of one of the greatest consoles in history.
liamdaweAlso, something that was missing from Valve's Steam Machines, which the Ataribox will have is proper access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO and more. Which was also confirmed in another of their Facebook updates. I assume this means it will have proper applications set up to just tap and browse.
I hope they will invest money and will prepare native client instead some shitty browser based integration.
If they will provide shitty browser based integration, I will be first to wish them failure. Hope it won't happen.
tmhorne 27 November 2017 at 3:20 pm UTC
From the bottom center screenshot on the home page, it looks like it will also support third-party controllers. Is that an xbox controller?

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Dunc 27 November 2017 at 3:30 pm UTC
It looks nice, evoking the old VCS stick in the same way the Box does the console, but I'm not convinced it'll be a good controller. The original one was terrible. (Seriously, even back in the day I hated it.) I'm sure there'll be support for other controllers, but they really should design a more traditional gamepad if it's going to be more than a retrogaming device.
Hori 3 years 27 November 2017 at 4:16 pm UTC
I just hope it's going to support Steam Controllers. Those are the only controllers I enjoy.
Cybolic 27 November 2017 at 4:20 pm UTC
DuncIt looks nice, evoking the old VCS stick in the same way the Box does the console, but I'm not convinced it'll be a good controller. The original one was terrible. (Seriously, even back in the day I hated it.) I'm sure there'll be support for other controllers, but they really should design a more traditional gamepad if it's going to be more than a retrogaming device.

Agreed, though this looks like a joystick I'd enjoy playing Lotus III on
mahagr 27 November 2017 at 4:49 pm UTC
I really hope it'll be Ryzen based, if it is, it'll be instant buy for me. If it's using older AMD, I see no point of getting the device...
Tuxee 27 November 2017 at 5:22 pm UTC
mahagrI really hope it'll be Ryzen based, if it is, it'll be instant buy for me. If it's using older AMD, I see no point of getting the device...

What makes you think it's gonna be AMD64 architecture? More likely it will be ARM based.
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