I don't understand the reasoning behind releasing a limited run of 512MB consoles? Aside from bringing about the possibility of some software not utilising the extra RAM (kind of reminds me of the A320 32MB RAM / A330 64MB RAM scenario), it creates a division between the consumers.
If the intent is to encourage some pre-orders, I think a better way of doing this would be to:
- Offer a discount to the first 100 pre-orders.
- Show some additional videos/updates to the system.
At this stage, from what I can gather from the small amount of info available, the hardware isn't even finalised (this concerns me, nothing will ever get done if things keep changing or requests for new/different things are taken too heavily into consideration). The proprietary OS (if one exists) isn't up to speed and more challenging accomplishments like successful N64 emulation etc are far from being met.
So as a consumer I have to draw some conclusions as to what this device is about, as it doesn't seem it will come to fruition unless enough pre-orders are met. So, all I can come up with is:
- It's being produced by Justin from DDUSA (possibly under contract from Dingoo Technology)
- It will most likely end up running Open Dingux
- The simplest way of summing up this device is to say that it will be a Dingoo A320 with a faster CPU but not compatible with native A320 software
- The creator(s) don't have the financial backing to get this off the ground. It's not completed, in productions or ready to buy and won't be unless enough people pre-order, and even then there's no guarantees.
So running all of the above through my head, there's not much incentive for me to lay down $125 plus shipping.
I'm not trying to be negative, just offering you an insight into what many potential consumers seem to be thinking.
My advice would be to:
- Lower the cost; get it under triple digits (say $95) and it will have a better chance of selling well.
- Keep the specs simple and cost effective. Quit changing things around unless absolutely necessary. If you keep looking into faster CPU's, better screens, more features etc it will never end. Technology improves and cheapens at an alarming rate, you can't keep up with it, sometimes you just need to be content with what you have and as long as everything is working as it should, finalise and release it.
- Finalise the hardware, churn out the software, test extensively (something you can't do until everything is finalised) and show us the results.