AtariToday wrote:I've read that the new Atari portable is a UK only release...at least at this time. So folks like myself would have to import the thing. I'm going to hold out for now as I can't see myself paying top dollar for a product like this.
I believe you're talking about something different from another company, where as the Critic is talking about the 3rd iteration of the AtGames portable that just came out.
This is what I believe Europe got earlier, which was poorly received as I recall. But I believe it was recently refreshed a bit for Christmas 2018 and thus may be a better experience than it was in its first iteration.
This on the other hand is the latest AtGames unit.
The AtGames unit is supposed to be basically the same as the 2017 model, which was little changed itself from the launch model in 2016. It does add a few features though like rewind functionality, save states, and some variation to the built-in game list (The last of which is unimportant when you can just load your own roms via the included sd card slot). But it's the same hardware and same emulation program as the 2016 and 2017 editions.
The Atari handheld isn't going to follow the consoles by upgrading to the popular Stella emulator or by including high-definition HDMI out until possibly 2019. So it's the same old inaccurate AtGames emulator, the same lousy composite video output when connected to a tv, and same useless d-pad.
I suggest waiting it out another 12 months and hope for some real fixes with the 4th iteration. Despite their bad reputation, AtGames is working hard these days to do better. So hopefully it's the Atari handheld's turn for a remodel in 2019.