- May 15, 2006
They say they are making them, but nothing has been announced.
Not yet specifically, but if you count the fact that any game that will run on Linux will run on this machine, there are a lot of 3rd party games that will run on this out of the box.
The lack of information coming out of the Atari Corp. has been upsetting. So far, nothing other than 2600 playability has been announced. Even then, it's been sketchy on details. It's a simple Linux box. For the cost, I'd rather buy a Switch with great first party, recent games that I know will be supported by a first rate company.
I REALLY wanted this to be something great. Since day one I've been excited. But, the more they come out with information, the less excited I am. The cost, the specs (not bad, but nothing special), the lack of game information. I'm not buying in at that cost for something they sound like they have little faith or long term support for. They want the name and the nostalgia. Both of which I have been buying into. I love Atari. If it were $100, I'd preorder for those two reasons alone. For $249? No. I want a nice gaming machine with vendor support, third party games, and something I can trust to still be around in a few years. I don't sense that with this Atari machine.
I can run Linux on a Pi. I can run it on a few year old machine that will still run everything pretty good. I run emulator boxes that run games from the 2600-Dreamcast/PS2 era.
I wanted more than what they are delivering. High expectations. Maybe I over-hyped it.
If I can pick one up on clearance for $100, I'll grab it for that nostalgia alone. If it can be legal and play games from 2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar, Lynx, and their computers, then I might grab one at full price. I have some of those machines, but I don't have the full library of games. And at this point, some of those systems are not easy or cheap to stock up on games.
It's cool. It's just not $250 cool. It'd be nice to have, but it's not a must have.