Ha, yeah kind of silly to think 'hardware emulator' since as you say, real deal. I guess Hardware emulator is more something like the MiST, where it's hardware, but it's a reimplementation of the chips in FPGA. Rather than "we have the actual chips sitting on a card."
Honestly I think the board would have been good for developers, not consumers. Didn't Atari basically ship out a Falcon/TT030 with their Jag dev kits initially? I'm sure someone here knows, but I kind of thought the development tools were all written for TOS, and it is mostly the homebrew guys who wrote the tools for modern computers, correct?
Stellarium is an awesome bit of software, both Stella and that being open source helps make it live throughout the years. Not to mention portable code, etc. Did anyone ever port Stella over to the ST? (ha, getting off topic)
@atarian1 Wouldn't surprise me. Granted the 3DO probably would have been far more successful had they not charged so much for it. Same with the Neo-Geo, I'm pretty sure only the absurdly rich bought those back in the day. I recall the cartridges being 200 bucks.
Really would have been interesting if the Jaguar chipset had become the ST system after the Falcon. Ironically, that same issue of ST Format that led to this post has a little blurb about Commodore going bankrupt, and that the other parts of Commodore will likely be merged away into another company... and then a few short years after that, Atari did the same.
I had watched a video on youtube a while back that had posed the theory that if Atari had stuck with being in the video game console market and hadn't skipped a few generations, and released the panther, and followed it up with the Jaguar, they would have succeeded, but that by the time Atari had come around with the Jaguar, no one knew about them outside of the success of the 2600 and possibly the failure of the the 7800 and 5200.
I don't know about all of that, some may also have remembered getting a terrible version of pac-man, and wanting to throttle the poor guy who wrote E.T. Either way, I remember even when the Jaguar came out, the younger crowd that were just hitting their late teens hadn't even heard of Atari. This was probably a year or so after the Jag came out when I was talking to a co-worker about it.
But yeah we all know it is most likely due to just not having the money in place to go against the giants. I had always said when the first playstation was announced that Sony could make it successful simply because of the massive amounts of money they had. Atari just had a terrible reputation with developers after pissing them off for so long. Then hearing about Virtuality never being paid for their work on the JagVR, and it makes sense that Atari got merged away. Still, miss the fun of the stuff, which is why we're all here!