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06-21-2017 at 07:33 AM
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Wall Entry at 06-21-2017 03:28 PM

Okay, I have recently heard that Atarii is looking to go back into the business of making video game systems. Now, I've never owned any of the Atarii systems so I can't judge the 2600, 5200, 7800, 8-bit computers, ST, Jaguar, Jaguar CD, or Lynx. But I wouldn't mind hearing the opinion, especially from any Atarii players reading this, how would you fell about a "new" Atarii system and what would it need to do to successfully compete with Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox.
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  1. DadsGlasses's Avatar
    I am interested to see what it is all about.

    There re has been a lot of discussion lately about 3rd party consoles & other "emulators/simulators/clones".

    I would like like to see Atari release a modern "2600". Same hardware, same gameplay, same functionality as the original except add HDMI (and other high end video output) standard & wireless controller options, and an SD card slot for Roms.

    I think it would be a mistake to try to compete with the modern XBox and PlayStation markets. That is already saturated. Go for the Classic Gamers that want originality mixed with modern video/audio output.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DadsGlasses
    I am interested to see what it is all about.

    There re has been a lot of discussion lately about 3rd party consoles & other "emulators/simulators/clones".

    I would like like to see Atari release a modern "2600". Same hardware, same gameplay, same functionality as the original except add HDMI (and other high end video output) standard & wireless controller options, and an SD card slot for Roms.

    I think it would be a mistake to try to compete with the modern XBox and PlayStation markets. That is already saturated. Go for the Classic Gamers that want originality mixed with modern video/audio output.

    Sounds like Hyperkin is releasing something similar to what I mention above: RetroN 77 2600.
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    I think if they try and enter into the current high end market they are dead in the water.

    If they try to release something working on the nostalgia of their backlog they have a chance I guess, but why not just get the gold that is coming out?>

    Interested but not optimistic.
  4. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    I say they should go in between Retro and Next Gen.

    Have enough power to have good smooth gameplay with a true color palette. Have the ability to output high quality A/V signal. Have it be wifi capable and app compatible with Netflix, YouTube, etc. Skip making game discs or carts. Skip landing popular game franchises.

    Develop an interface like the Virtual Console where all games on the console are DLC. Run promos for free games, do lots of free demos for bigger games. Maybe try to resurrect Jaguar and Lynx games that they already own/license and release them on their version of Virtual Console.

    Basically a modern console with simple but beautiful games, with all the modern luxuries of a smart device. I think that's their only hope. Going full Retro would be a mistake - with all the Flashback consoles and whatnot it's just not appealing.

    Grab the next generation of gamers with a console that also serves as their Roku/Smart TV and bam you've got a going-to-college gift that's a slam dunk.

    Oh and I guess they could throw in a cartridge slot that could play the old 2600/5200/7800 games. Why not.
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