I don't quite get your point. If it is a substantial improvement over what has already been released and can play N64, PSX, and MAME very successfully I will likely buy one, you talk as if they are only going to make 100. I really don't care about having a special edition. And sorry but I doubt the special editions will be worth anything, some extra ram is not a big deal. If someone says something is going to ship at a certain time, I expect it to ship at that time. Also after the amount of money I have spent on some of these junk systems, I am not interested in prepaying for something that I have no idea what its capabilities are yet, just to have a little extra ram that likely wont make much difference to the system.
This is not the second coming of Apple here, its just a small market handheld emulation machine, the new flavour of the month until someone releases the next substantial technology upgrade to these handheld systems. I will wait until it comes out and I can see substantial reviews on what it can actually do and then I can make a smart purchase.
See my original post "if this thing really takes off, which I hope it will." I was never definate that this will be a success, which is why I make sure to include a dash of humor to each of my posts, I make my words soft and sweet because I know there's a chance I might just have to eat them depending on how the future turns out. So I don't know why you're taking my post so personally when it was only vaguely addressed to you.
But I do thank you for your post because I think we've solved the riddle as to why you've decided to cancel your pre-order. Come, Watson, come! I think it comes down to your belief that this is nothing more than version 1.2 of all those Chinese Android handhelds "after the amount of money I have spent on some of these junk systems."
I hate to sound like a brochure of company propaganda, but the Zero really is a breath of fresh air to the scene. Comparing the Zero to the Android systems is like comparing skis to snowboards. Sure they do a similar thing, but those in the know will tell you they do it in completely different ways. The Chinese are unlikely to follow the lead of the Zero because they see the real money for mainstream gaming is in Android tablets and anything else Android they can stuff into a PSP/Vita shell. So unless a Caanoo remake pops up, this could be a one of a kind.
Whereas the Android handhelds were designed to consume
(as in- download games and apps) the Zero was designed with homebrew
in mind, which aims at a different demographic. Take this for example: one day I decided I wanted to buy an Atari Jaguar because I'm a nutcase. So knowing it's an old system, a failed system and it wasn't well liked even when new, I thought I could score one for just pennies on the dollar. Then I went on ebay and ho-ly-crap
the prices are insane! Then I realized the cause of it all, it's because the homebrew market for the Atari Jaguar has a crazy cult following! When thinking of their success, remember the Jaguar wasn't even meant to support homebrew and to an extent, the A320 wasn't designed for it out of the box either. Some have mentioned that the extra ram isn't going to matter when you're gaming, but could if you're doing homebrew stuff. That might be the kicker- if this takes off the first 150 could be sought after by people serious about homebrew development (and if you're a collector on top of that, then the first 100 would be even more alluring).
Lastly, this is not nearly off schedule, the relase date was always guess work when it was first mentioned and as I remember it was estimated
at mid-July to August or September if they run into problems. I like it when people get excited about the Zero but I have to bite my tounge every time I see a post that says some variation of "OMGOMGOMGOMG It's mid-July
You know what that means!!!
I'm gonna check my mailbox every day!!!