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The Linux-powered Atari VCS will accept pre-orders May 30th, shipping next year
2 May 2018 at 8:57 am UTC

As has been pointed out repeatedly, Atari cannot compete directly against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, as Atari have very limited resources. So they must have a plan to hit an adequately sized sub-part of the console market cheaply. This plan has not been divulged yet, so presumably is either not fully-formed or needs to be kept secret for a while longer. So the current game is "guess the plan"!

The Linux-powered Atari VCS will accept pre-orders May 30th, shipping next year
1 May 2018 at 5:32 pm UTC

What should take a small team of engineers, designers and sales people long to produce an almost off-the-shelf small steam box? Historically, Atari did not take long (also with a small team) getting their Atari 520STM designed and into production 25 years ago. Even starting from scratch I think they can do it in less than a year. My plan for the year (not too serious):
1. Take 3 Months in getting hardware sorted.
Off the shelf parts working as a mini-steam-machine on a bench (e.g. Ryzen 3 2200, low-profile mini-itx motherboard).
Sort out simple cooling solution and simple wall-wart type PSU.

2. Take 3 months in getting software sorted.
Get licences to a few older Linux games and Atari Vault.
Get Valve support and agreement to use Atari branding on SteamOS.
Check software works on Platform and fix.

3. Take 3 months in finding a capable Chinese Manufacturer/Integrator.
Get good supply deals and do Q.A. on prototypes.

4. Take 3 months in getting marketing and sales channels operational.
Launch plan and early press release of units.

The Linux-powered games console the Ataribox has become the Atari VCS
20 March 2018 at 1:28 pm UTC

Assuming that this system will use an AMD Ryzen R3 2200G APU or similar, does anybody know if it is currently possible to make a stable Steam gaming system using the new Ryzen APUs? I have searched the web, but cannot find a definitive answer. If not, then is a new kernel or new driver release expected to fix the problems in time for (I guess) a summer release of the Atari box?

Nirvana Pilot Yume mixes a 'steamy' visual novel with racing and it's now on Linux
21 February 2018 at 12:18 pm UTC Likes: 2

The old SkyRoads (1993) and SkyRoads Xmas Special (1994) still play great under DosBox and I still love that old synth music.
It will be great if the new game can give a fresh twist, without loosing the basic playability.

Rise of the Tomb Raider announced for Linux, port from Feral Interactive
13 February 2018 at 8:08 pm UTC

Excellent news. However, am I the only person who does not understand how the clue "O VAIN ILLUSION OF GLORY AND GRANDEUR" refers to "Rise of the Tomb Raider"?

I can play all of the old tomb raider games on Linux using Wine, except I can't get GoG Tomb Raider III to start at all (tried several versions of Wine and all the WineHQ tips). Anybody have any work around for Ubuntu 16.04 (actually Mint 18.3 and NVidia)? Does it play well under VirtualBox or similar?

AMD's first Ryzen Desktop APUs with Vega graphics are now available
12 February 2018 at 11:17 pm UTC

I have been reading some of the early reviews of these 2 new AMD APUs, and I am very happy that AMD has come out with such great technology at a such a keen price. I think this will be good for Linux gaming, as this gives a strong system for playing the majority of Linux game titles at a relatively low-cost, but not the typical AAA performance hogging games that are not ported to Linux. Also, I think many people will not be enthusiastic when building a low-cost gaming machine to then buy a copy of Windows 10, particularly at its future higher price.

Valve has boosted their Linux ranks by hiring another developer to work on open source graphics
8 February 2018 at 9:21 pm UTC

I am hoping that with the work that Valve and others are putting into the AMD graphics drivers, then basic AMD Ryzen 5 2400g APU based boxes, like the new one from Zotac, would be 'good enough' Linux gaming platforms. However, I suspect that it will also need modern action games to support Vulkan to get around 60 fps at medium quality. If these boxes can be priced at say $300, then with their advantage of also being a good Linux PC, they could be very competitive to current consoles in the market. The Ryzen APUs are out in a week, so will soon see.

Some thoughts on The Lion’s Song, a narrative-rich adventure
4 February 2018 at 3:25 pm UTC

Having played through part of episode 1, it plays very well and the simple graphics and sound effects are just right for such a game. It reminds me of "The 39 Steps" game's flow and feel. I think that I will probably buy the non-free episodes later. I am assuming that you do not need to play each episode in sequence, so I may buy episode 3 first.

Voxel Tycoon, a new strategy game about transportation, building factories, and mining will come to Linux
29 January 2018 at 11:57 am UTC

I play OpenTTD quite regularly and Factorio occasionally, but even after looking at the company's web site I don't understand what is new or better that they are bringing to their game.

A look at some great Linux & SteamOS racing games available in 2017
21 September 2017 at 6:40 pm UTC

OfficerHonkenGooseIt's such a shame that only Logitech wheels work properly on Linux (with FFB etc). After all the logitech hardware i've had in the past died *just* after the warranty expired (2 or 3 mice, multiple joysticks/pads), there is no way I'd stump up for one of their (now overpriced) wheels.
I have a Thrustmaster, and there is no support for Linux at all, which (along with Rfactor 2) confines me to Windows for my racing fix.

For those who don't mind a bit of Wine, rFactor 1 works absolutely perfectly, with better performance than Windows on some machines.

I use the cheap Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience steering wheel and pedals on my Linux gaming computer (Ubuntu 16.04 based Mint) and it works well with Dirt Rally, Grid Autosport and EuroTrucker 2. I don't know if the more expensive Thrustmaster steering wheels work as well with Linux. The Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience steering wheel and pedals was about 50 UKP when I bought it a few years ago.

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