jcdentont1000 wrote:They can't have it both ways. They should either be making their money on the hardware OR the software - not both. Expensive hardware with very cheap software (the model they tried to implement with the PSP Go) OR cheap hardware with more expensive software (the Nintendo model).
If the console was priced at £35 and sold at, say, a £10 loss per unit, they could claim it back in those first two £4.99's, that the hypothetical owner is quite willing to pay to have the few games they are desperate to own again. If it is sold at £80, a £35 profit per unit and sold the games at £1.99, the software margin isn't huge and they'd need to sell a lot more games than at a higher price point, but the initial cost for a new, relatively unsupported system is very prohibitve and off-putting for the more casual gamer (I'd not pay more than £40 for something which may bomb).
Obviously I am only speculating about the manufacturing costs of the hardware, but as I understand it, the machine is essentially an emulator software porting costs are basically nil, making each of those £4.99's is almost pure profit. BUT by pricing the hardware more than its competitors and the software being frankly overpriced, I can't see this working out at all. The average person can get a quality smartphone app for £1.49-£2.99 without having to buy an additional £80 console.
Seems they have badly, badly ballsed this one up.
Dirkshirt wrote:I just received the Gamegadet in the mail today. Serial number 00063. (That is my first worry. I hope it doesn't mean what I think because if so there sales will be in the toliet). It came with a free pair of headphones. Why? A small software bug with the sound. All you have to do is plug in a pair of headphones each time you turn it on. No joke. When they said cheep hardware I guess I didn't realize how cheap they meant. Oh, well. It gets better.......... I turn it on and it says you must register your device online before you can use it. So I go online and there is no software to register the device. They are working on it and will email me when they have it finished. This is no joke. I had almost decided to throw it against the wall for fun when I though well maybe someone will hack it and I can install MAME or other ROMS and emulators on it. Then I realized that more then 4 people would have to own the device for that to happen. DO NOT BUY THIS. And it's a lot bigger of a device the pictures make it look and it's cheaply made....... Oh ya and it comes with no software so you can't use it. The funny thing is and this is a quote from the letter they sent me with the device "The bug created a big dilemma for us, but we wanted to hit the street date, as closely as possible. We have express delivered the stock from Asia in record time at significant cost. I hope you agree we made the right decision." They just forgot to say that you can't use the device because we forgot to finish the software and put it on our site. Here is the link http://www.gamegadget.net/activation/info_9.html
I'm sure it will be up someday. I'm going back to my dingoo a320.