althekiller Wrote:Things that need to be considered...
1. Scarcity. MS no longer makes the Xbox, they are becoming difficult to find.
2. Life Span. It is becoming apparent that the average xbox is reaching end of life. Many people I know are seeing failures and anomalies associated with impending hardware failure. This perpetuates point 1.
3. Usefulness. The age of HD is upon us, and we all know that the xbox just isn't going to cut it much longer.
4. Interested Developers. It is hard to remain interested in a platform when your application is being stonewalled by weak hardware disallowing addition of useful features.
1. I can go into a gamestop in one of four different locations (20 mins from my house, max) and find at least four or five refurbished xbox1's for under $100US.
2. The biggest problem hardware failure problem would most likely be with the hard drive or DVD ROM...both of which are easily replaceable. And again...I can replace the entire unit for less than $100.
3. The age of HD is upon us primarily because it's been forced by various companies trying to get their hardware out and popular first. If you look at the HD space of your average PC, it would seem that people aren't entirely ready for the HD era yet. It's just available.
4. True...the Xbox's hardware is a limiting factor. But how freaking much does a mediacenter application need to do? For a general, day-to-day device, it is (IMHO) unsurpassed by anything else on the market. It's because of my Xbox that I don't own a CD or DVD player. If you want to call it "stonewalling", I guess it is somewhat applicable.
Personally, I believe that the Xbox's lifespan is far from over. As long as there are resellers, I'll have at least one working xbox playing my movies for me.