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Poll: Did you buy an Atari Flashback Portable? (88 member(s) have cast votes)

Did you buy an Atari Flashback Portable?

  1. Yes (47 votes [53.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 53.41%

  2. No (30 votes [34.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.09%

  3. I plan too in the future (11 votes [12.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

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#26 sramirez2008 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:08 PM

I dont know if it would ever be taken into consideration, but a 'Gold (?) Edition' portable with a larger screen size (4"-6") for us old farts whose eyesight is waning would be really sweet. I would easily pay more to have a larger portable screen

 

Amen!



#27 StephenJ OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:37 AM

Amen...again!



#28 rkindig OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:48 AM

I got one because I had some Amazon credits which made it cheap.  Very disappointed.  Thinking of sending it back.  The games seem like crap and the pads don't work well for some of the games.  I wanted Space Invaders!



#29 Bill Loguidice OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:41 AM

I got one because I had some Amazon credits which made it cheap.  Very disappointed.  Thinking of sending it back.  The games seem like crap and the pads don't work well for some of the games.  I wanted Space Invaders!

 

Why don't you add Space Invaders or anything else you want via SD card?



#30 atarilovesyou OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:01 PM

No, but to be honest, my interest in the Flashbacks peaked back at the FB2.  I don't find that atari games translate well into portable realm.  But I didn't mind the Activision cart for the GB SP back in the day.



#31 spacecadet OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:28 PM

I bought one. I think it's really neat, although the screen is slightly smaller than the portable Genesis, and it has the same sound issues (pitch is off by about a half step). Other than that, though, I have no real complaints.

 

I think some people have expectations that are too high for these price points. What can you really expect for $30? It plays most VCS games almost perfectly except for that sound issue that most people don't even notice. Has a rechargeable battery. Backlit screen. I mean, when Ben Heck first made his VCS portable, people were willing to pay almost any amount for it and that thing weighed like 10 pounds! I think the FBP is pretty great all things considered.

 

I think it's ok to wish for more and then say you're willing to pay for it, but that can be said about almost anything. The trick with any product is to figure out the price point that's going to be the most profitable; not everyone would be willing to pay $80 or $100 for a device like this with more features or better build quality. I'd probably just stick with emulation on a PSP or something if the price was much higher than the $30 I paid.



#32 jmtech OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:36 AM

I have too many of those Flashback things.



#33 Schizophretard OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:17 AM

I think some people have expectations that are too high for these price points. What can you really expect for $30?


An Android phone controller.

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:56 AM

 

I think some people have expectations that are too high for these price points. What can you really expect for $30? 

 

Many people have become used to cheap imports from China and have unreal expectations.  People sometimes forget that it's not just scale of production, labor rates and currency manipulation are major factors that come into play.  

 

Many of us older folks here remember how much things used to cost, and what WAS considered value for the dollar.  When adjusted for inflation the younger generation might spontaneously combust at the thought of paying those prices. 



#35 sramirez2008 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:58 PM

No, but to be honest, my interest in the Flashbacks peaked back at the FB2.  I don't find that atari games translate well into portable realm.  But I didn't mind the Activision cart for the GB SP back in the day.

 

+1 on the GB SP Activision cart. 



#36 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM

Many people have become used to cheap imports from China and have unreal expectations.  People sometimes forget that it's not just scale of production, labor rates and currency manipulation are major factors that come into play.  

 

Many of us older folks here remember how much things used to cost, and what WAS considered value for the dollar.  When adjusted for inflation the younger generation might spontaneously combust at the thought of paying those prices. 

 

Tech is cheaper, too. A single Atari game used to cost $20 or $30 ... (which was like $60 back in 1980 or so), and there are 60 of them on the Flashback (which would be no less than $1200) ... add the other 700 games via SD Card, and even at $5 crash prices, that would be another $3500 back in the day. The stuff inside the modest little Atari Flashback Portable would have been worth the price of a new small car back then. 

 

Of course, one of those cars wouldn't be worth more than the $50 asking price for the AFBP today. :lolblue:



#37 Jinroh ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:59 AM

I have bought one and enjoy it. :) Especially now that Carrot Kingdom runs on it quite well.



#38 Swami OFFLINE  

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Posted Yesterday, 1:37 PM

If it had a couple controller ports added, so you could play with stick or paddles on tv, I would definitely get the new 2017 one. May get it on sale to have a portable, but not keen on the small screen or lack of convertibility.  It would be nice to be to take it on the road and then, at home, hook up controllers and play on TV, including paddle games and games that play better with a stick.






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