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Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games

Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games
From N4G - July 17, 2017
ImGumbyDammit3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

Let me explain who Atari is today. They are a French holding company with a total net value of 100 million dollars. That is after doubling their net worth after announcing their retro console a few months ago (went from .24 Euros to .49 Euros a penny stock) and that investor excitement is starting to subsidize. In other words in May 2017 Nintendo was 1000 times larger than Atari was are on paper. They do not have the capability financially to invest in some machine that is not cheap and easy to produce device. So all you fantasy all you want. Any chance of this device playing with the big boys is just a that, a fantasy. They do not have the capability to special order chip design chips that allow consoles to bat outside of their league or even order basic chips in the millions to get the same deals. Atari is a company that declared bankruptcy in 2013 after no one (no Sony, Microsoft, Activision, etc...) was willing to pony up for their IP catalog. A few games IPs were sold off but, many did not gather enough interest.

Now the next issue is games. Yes Atari has some good games in their IP. Those of us old enough have fond memories of many of those games. But, just like consoles today many of those great games we love are not owned by Atari. Third party made many of those games we attribute to the old 2600 and 5200. Activision, Inmagic, Tigervison, CBS, etc... One of the easiest examples is what most people consider the best game: Pitfall, not Atari. That is Activision. This a company who's main contribution to gaming these past ten years (heck the last 20) is Roller-coaster Tycoon, an albeit fun but not an earth shattering game. And ironically one of the ones that actually gathered interest and was sold off during their bankruptcy. So we go back to money. Modernizing games is just not financially possible. As stated even if they had a bond sale to raise cash no investor would buy bonds twice the value of the company itself. They would need a backing partner, but right now there is none.

So what does that leave us. It definitely not going to be a company capable of producing a machine on par with the current consoles. 1. They do not have the financial backbone to survive supporting a console, let alone develop one. 2. They could do a Steam device but, once again, remind me how well all those other Steam devices did. Yeah, I would not think that was possible. Especially considering those machines would have to have quite a punch in them to play many PC games 3. Perhaps this will play Atari, Pong, Tank, Adventure, etc., plus maybe based on low-end ARM chip and play simple Android games (maybe they could get the Skyrim on their machine too). I do not want to dash your fantasies but, lets be realistic of who Atari is now. They are not the industry dominating powerhouse they were in the 80s. They are a company of around 40 people (total including sales reps, secretaries and shipping clerks) They lack any feasible means of producing anything under their own unless they sell off the use of their brand name to another company to take the risk, a Foxcomm like hardware producer. Their is great risk in producing a console to compete with Sony and Microsoft, A small and not stupid company is adverse to such risk. There is great risk in producing a PC game box with an Atari log. There is a great deal less risk in producing a device that plays old Atari classics and simple tablet games.

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