I still have a NES lying around too It's still in its box. I wrote about the XBOX here
It's so true.
That's kinda like pointing to a horse, and comparing it to a Alfa Romeo... Comparing apples and oranges.
In order to do things a) quicker and b) cheaper; it seems manufacturers are using cheaper and inferior components and off-the-shelf stuff. Lots of things now are implemented using re-usable generic firmware and software.
Contrast this to years ago when just about everything was done in-house. Manufacturers would know things inside-out, and would test, test and test again their own implementations. By doing the above, it seems that they think they can be lazy and cut a few corners.
The savings are definitely there in most areas of electronics - look at the price of a TV today compared to 25 years ago - and these are partly because we're using cheaper components etc and we're not going for quality.
You only have to look at just about any advertising - much of it stresses the low price; little of it stresses the high quality and matching high price!
The NES was launched at $199 which would be $391 in today's money. The Xbox 360 launched at $399.
The key issue is the complexity of modern technology. There is a hell of a lot more that can go wrong with an Xbox 360 than there was with a NES. NES's didn't pump out the massive amount of heat that Xbox 360s do, as their processors which much much slower...q
So... maybe it's more like comparing a G3 iBook with an old IBM Thinkpad? That's a bit weak to, to be honest, but certainly neither of them are anything like Apples, Oranges or Horses and I don't think there's much of a comparison with the Alfa tbh. Try again
The Xbox is a brilliant, but flawed, machine. Mine had the RRD at the end of last year and it was only 18 months old. I know so many people personally that have had to send their console on the little holiday over to Germany. All I can say is that I'm glad it's just a gaming console we're discussing here and that Microsoft don't build aeroplanes....
Yes... I did hear that if Microsoft made a vacuum cleaner it would be their first product that didn't suck...
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