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The architect for the Atari VCS retro console has quit the project, claiming he hasn't been paid in six months

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    elcuello
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    Great article and what a shit show indeed. When you got something like Raspberry Pi and reads this it just sound stupid.

    Great article and what a shit show indeed. When you got something like Raspberry Pi and reads this it just sound stupid.

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    1. that_knave
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      My questions is why a company, like Atari, needs to crowdfund a retro console in the first place? How they're in the red consistently when they don't really make anything new and are just...

      My questions is why a company, like Atari, needs to crowdfund a retro console in the first place? How they're in the red consistently when they don't really make anything new and are just licensing old games is beyond me.

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  2. Diff
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    Shame, could've been something great. I was kinda hyped up for it being a Steam Machine that wasn't a Steam Machine, if that makes any sense. A Linux-powered console with its own library that was...

    Shame, could've been something great. I was kinda hyped up for it being a Steam Machine that wasn't a Steam Machine, if that makes any sense. A Linux-powered console with its own library that was also fully compatible with Linux's own library, and finally the possibility of getting native Netflix and other apps on Linux. Now I'm just kind of curious to see how those painfully out of touch Atari execs respond when it falls flat on its face. Didn't realize just how badly it's all been handled since the very beginning.

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  3. vegai
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    I've seen dozens of consumer Linux hardware projects end up like this. In fact, all of them end up like this. I think here's a typical reason why that happens (from the article): Amazingly, every...

    I've seen dozens of consumer Linux hardware projects end up like this. In fact, all of them end up like this. I think here's a typical reason why that happens (from the article):

    Our conversations reveal an Atari focused with watching every cent spent on the console: an approach that has led to a long series of bad decisions that have undermined its final design.

    Amazingly, every time a new Linux project is announced, a significant amount of people get hyped about it. It's like Apple except there's almost a 100% guarantee that it will never work, whereas Apple projects almost always work.

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    mrbig
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    I never got the logic of making a hackable console when all console hackers have PCs and raspberry pis. What does this offer that does not already exist?

    I never got the logic of making a hackable console when all console hackers have PCs and raspberry pis. What does this offer that does not already exist?

    1. Diff
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      In theory it would have offered a more polished experience and brought attention to Linux from companies that haven't given it historically. For example, they planned on having a Netflix app. That...

      In theory it would have offered a more polished experience and brought attention to Linux from companies that haven't given it historically. For example, they planned on having a Netflix app. That combined with past statements like "the full Linux desktop will be accessible" made it incredibly likely that we'd be able to get in on some of that action even outside the VCS.

      Right now we only have Netflix inside the browser, and none of the browsers that support Netflix also support hardware video decoding. If we're talking YouTube or something then if it's really a concern there's MPV and its frontends, but Netflix? DRM keeps that browser-only and unaccelerated.

      Was really hoping this would change that at least.