I strongly remember being a kid when the next-gen PlayStation 2 was released and it was something like RRP$749 (AUD).
Now, that memory is probably somewhat isolated. Australian money is funny money to everyone else. The (US) $299 price tag for a release in the year 2000 was much more reasonable to those Stateside.
Regardless, launch RRP and price barriers matter. It’s worth just a quick look back at major console launch prices, including those that sold hardware at a loss:
Quick console launch prices (US$):
Sony’s PlayStation 5 $ problems:
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 is facing problems with costly components and stiff competition.
📸 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera score obliterates iPhone 11 Pro Max score at DxOMark -- more interest in what the Galaxy S20 will score (Android Authority).
🔨 The iFixit Moto Razr teardown rates it a 1/10 for fixability: “Motorola’s nostalgia-stoking Razr officially wins the award for most complicated phone-based contraption we’ve ever taken apart,” which is not a good thing.
💳 YouTube TV will cancel subscriptions of customers using Apple’s in-app payments in March: sign up again with a web browser after March 13th (The Verge).
📈 With 21 days to go, an auction for the 'Nintendo PlayStation' prototype has whizzed past $350k (Engadget).
💱 Ohio man charged for laundering $300 million through Bitcoin 'mixer', designed to try and make crypto transactions made with Bitcoin private. Didn’t quite work I guess (Engadget).
💰 The US is charging Huawei with racketeering (TechCrunch).
✂ Also, Huawei’s latest license extension cut in half by US government (Android Authority).
🎮 Google announces five new games for Google Stadia, the first since the cloud service launched (The Verge).
🤔 The Mike Bloomberg 2020 meme drop explained (NY Times).
👁 “Is it possible to be colorblind in only one eye?” (r/askscience)
“I add 3-25 seconds of latency to every webpage I visit” is an interesting approach taken by Howon Lee to trying to slow things down to dilute the potency of the web, and make it less addictive:
Have a great weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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