Being at the forefront of technology always comes at a price; early adopters pay a financial premium for being at the front of the queue. However, many of the technologies discussed below have been around for some time and while prices have dropped, they’re still too expensive for the mass market.
If the following drop in price, I’m fairly sure you’ll be queueing up around the block like hipsters on iPad launch day.
I’m of the opinion that low capacity SSD drives are approaching affordability; I even wrote an SSD buyers guide about it.
That said, a low capacity SSD (128GB or less) forces you to work a little harder making sure your OS drive is kept clean. Most people won’t be able to store their entire game collection on the SSD either, reducing the benefits of having more than one SSD in your system.
Currently an entry-level budget, high-capacity SSD (240GB+) retails for around R4,100, while the ultra-high capacity drives (480GB+) start at R9,400. I’d like to hazard a guess and say that if we saw SSD drive prices drop by half, a substantial amount of gamers would hop on the bandwagon.
I’m not going to speculate on whether SSD prices are artificially inflated, or whether their costs are totally justified and margins are low for manufacturers. What I will say is that the technology is amazing, and every gamer should have one.
3D for gamers
3D gaming is an enjoyable experience to be sure, however the problem is the cost of the technology puts it out of reach of the majority of gamers.
Let’s use Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology as an example. The 3D vision kit alone costs around R1,900, and then you have to pair it with a 120Hz panel 3D monitor.
A quick search shows that the cheaper 3D capable monitors retail locally for around R3,500, meaning you’ll have to fork out over R5,000 for the full 3D experience. For that money you could buy a 32- or 40-inch FullHD TV, and with most gamers choosing size over everything else, 3D remains a niche technology.
I’ve got a PlayStation 3 for my Blu-ray playing needs, however I don’t want to stop there. After shelling out for a Blu-ray movie, I’d like to make a backup to my media server just in case the disc gets damaged. It’s also more convenient for me to play ripped Blu-ray movies from my media server than it is to fire up the old PS3 every time I want to watch a movie.
So I’d like a Blu-ray drive in my PC. It doesn’t need to be a writer; I’ve got no interest in backing up info onto blu-ray discs just yet. The problem is that the cheapest blu-ray drives are well over R700. Dropping another R200 or so and I can see quite a few more people adopting the technology.
There are other technologies that I’d like to see come down in price, however I don’t think they have the same consumer demand as the three above. I can’t see anyone not wanting a faster, more responsive system (SSD), a more immersive gaming experience (3D), or greater convenience (Blu-Ray).
What say you? Are there any technological gadgets that you believe are long overdue for a price drop? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.Forum discussion