They're putting it in there because the chips which can handle smart software, and the chips which can only do the dumb stuff like help you change channels, are almost the same price now thanks to improvements in technology. So they figure "Eh, it has the ability, might as well throw it in." I don't fault them for that.J Tyran said:There is no need to have "smart" functionality built into the TV...
Blah blah, antagonism and pretension.The Cool Kid said:*snip*
They also kind of launched into a market dominated by Sony, who offered more and better for less, and was less than two years from a new system with backwards compatibility.Dreamcast died due to a bad line up and too high a price point. Wii U will be hurt by exactly the same issue.
Mate, I already do that. I go online to blow off steam.The Cool Kid said:From someone who works in the real world, you want to curb that attitude as it won't help you get anywhere. Just a friendly reminder.
I agree with all of that.The issue with the PS3 was a high price point and small line up but at least it had bluray and a few good, well established exclusives unlike the dreamcast which had just Sonic as an established franchise. I would say the only competition for Sony at this point, and vice-versa, is MS as the Wii is not for the same market as the PS3 or 360 due to the vast differences in releases on the consoles.
That much falls in line with what I'm expecting.I agree that the WiiU in the long term doesn't look strong:
1)Most of the line up is already out or will be out on existing consoles.
2)Hardware means if the next MS or Sony consoles come out in 2013, the WiiU will be last-gen in one year. In a recession who wants to spend $300 on last gens tech? The Wii U I doubt will have the same success as the Wii as it's no longer a "cool" accessory; pads and phones have taken over that market, and with many a wii collecting dust in the living room, parents & kids will be hard pushed to replace a dust-catcher.
I think it'll go the way of the 3DS without the massively increased sales after a price drop.
Good technology always becomes mundane, ground breaking things that people believe will change the market forever often tend to be gimmicks. Smart TVs will eventually worm their way in like smartphones have, sure they will be mundane but thats the whole point. Smartphones are mundane and an every day item, in 5-10 years streaming digital content from the internet and between other devices you own will be the norm too. It will take a little while as people gradually replace TVs they have bought over the last few years, TVs are not something most people replace on a whim so they tend to stick around until they break.dbenoy said:However, people are diluting themselves if they believe that smart TVs and 3D are the wave of the future that's going to own the market. They're just another feature and they'll be pretty mundane soon.