I guess it's time for a bump as this thing has finally launched, and it's already hit the crowdfunding target.
You can see the Indiegogo page here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atar ... mputers-pc
The key details are:
Bristol Ridge A10 APU
32GB Internal storage (eMMC)
External storage can be added via USB drives and SD cards
Ubuntu (Linux) OS
100 games included, a mix of arcade and 2600
Online multiplayer, streaming and download service via subscription, details TBC
Third party games via Steam, etc. where compatible with the OS and hardware
Price ranges between $199 (Onyx with no controller) and $329 (Woodgrain with both controllers)
Delivery is planned for July 2019
The Bristol Ridge A10 is an obsolescent chip, and will be even more so next year when this ships. It's OK for low-fi gaming, streaming, emulation, etc. but won't really cut the mustard for a lot of modern AAA games. It's well below the spec of the APUs in even the original XB1 and PS4, for comparison and with this being well and truly in their price range, I'd think that's a valid one. It's maybe a little better than the custom Tegra X1 in the Switch, but seeing as you can't undock the VCS and take it with you that would seem a moot point. Also, unlike the consoles, I wouldn't be expecting this thing to be getting many well optimized ports of big games either, and you can pretty much forget about Atari supplying it with any meaningful exclusives.
Although the inclusion of some arcade games is nice, other than that there's very little concrete that this will do that's not already covered by the Flaskback 8, which is much cheaper and available now. Anyone who thinks that the online service and the promise of native games is a selling point should probably hold fire until those ideas are fully crystallized.
14 months is a long time in advance to be putting your money down for this and even that assumes that the schedule doesn't slip.
$199 seems a reasonable price for the Onyx version, but having to fork out an extra ton for a sliver of wood seems steep.
With just a single button the classic controller is probably not going to be suitable for anything but old 2600 and arcade games, so you'll probably need the modern controller if you want to play anything else. On the other hand, if you've already got an 360 controller or something similar, you might just be able to use that.
I'll be giving this a miss myself, at least for the time being. I've actually got a use for such a machine but this is no better - and in many ways considerably worse - than the one I built to do the job five years ago. I could get a Raven Ridge APU, a new motherboard, twice the RAM, and a decent sized SSD for the same money, so I'll probably do just that.