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Comic 99: (Almost) New Consoles

It seems like making "half-upgrades" before releasing the entire new console is the new thing currently... A console that's mostly the same, but with a big better specs and maybe a few new features. Why not just wait until it's time to release a new console?


by lirvilas at 3rd Jun 2016, 12:15 PM

I blame Apple and their iPhone #/iPhone #S tactic.

by Zanreo at 3rd Jun 2016, 12:25 PM

Combined with the PC gaming tendency to upgrade every few years for the TOP SPECS...

by MadJak91 at 4th Jun 2016, 1:28 PM

It suspiciously got to the point where NVIDIA releases new cards with new games.
I know the connection was always there, after all most cards are sold for games these days, but well.
You gotta have TOP SPECS because the games are unoptimized mess :/

by Shannon at 3rd Jun 2016, 1:04 PM

They're not even trying... -_-;

by Zanreo at 3rd Jun 2016, 9:24 PM


by melaredblu at 3rd Jun 2016, 6:37 PM

Consoles are gonna go the route of cell phones at this rate. They'll expect us to upgrade every three months.

by Zanreo at 3rd Jun 2016, 9:26 PM

I suspect it might also be to compete with PCs, "better specs" and all. Jeez... that's kind of a futile exercise, why not focus on the stuff that makes consoles good and let PC people have the top specs if they want?

One big difference here that makes it work better is that for PCs you might only need different PARTS, not a whole new system...

by ProfEtheric at 3rd Jun 2016, 6:42 PM

Absolutely ridiculous...

By the way, your art is looking amazing here. Am I detecting some new techniques at work here?

by Zanreo at 3rd Jun 2016, 9:37 PM


And thanks! Not really "new techniques", except I started previeving the finished comic through "export" instead of temporarily resizing the image... gives a much better view of what it will really look like finished (vector lines tend to end up MUCH thinner by just resizing...) Otherwise it's mostly just general art improvement, and shading making my art look much better and less "flat" than flat colors

by Therazan at 7th Jun 2016, 1:53 PM

The hairs and shadings really make it look so much better!

Also, I might or might not go paint mushroom/yoshi-style white spots on my New 3DS now...

by MadJak91 at 4th Jun 2016, 1:30 PM

Kinda cannot snicker at this because it is becoming dangerously true.
Buying consoles not every X years (gen) but in increments.
It is pretty simple. If people are buying, they will continue :/

My problem with the N3DS is what MSTK already pointed out a while back.
Some features like classics which could have easily been on the regular 3DS.

by Zanreo at 4th Jun 2016, 9:34 PM

Yeah... and for the other consoles it's features like VR (for playstation at least). I guess some people really want that... I really think they could wait until they're ready for a whole new console and gen.

Similar to buying PC upgrades, except the difference here is you usually don't have to buy a whole new system for that, just a few parts... which is why that works better for PCs and not so much for consoles. Just focus on the good things about consoles instead -_-
If this becomes a trend I imagine more and more people will wait longer to buy consoles because they expect an upgrade in some years anyway...

by Stever at 4th Jun 2016, 4:14 PM

Yeah, I can WAIT for a full upgrade, thank you. XD

by Zanreo at 4th Jun 2016, 9:36 PM

Yep, me too

by Therazan at 7th Jun 2016, 1:50 PM

Ehhh, I don't want to be the sucker of this kind of lame strategy, buuut... If the PS4.5.2.0 has backward compatibility... I'm still sore about missing something like 6-7 Tales Of due to not having PS3.

by Zanreo at 8th Jun 2016, 4:47 PM

I don't think it has (as far as I heard), the main thing it has going for it is VR compability (along with various upgraded specs)

by NeilKapit at 8th Jun 2016, 6:52 AM

To be fair, it's a little easier to swallow upgrading a handheld than a console, given their more toyetic and transient natures, as well as the lower price.

by Zanreo at 8th Jun 2016, 5:10 PM

Still is a rather expensive upgrade for just a few new features

by junoro at 27th Sep 2016, 9:26 PM

Namco needs to get on this tactic and make New New Ice Cream Flavour 2.5 featuring even MORE flavours, TOP SPRINKLES

by Zanreo at 27th Sep 2016, 11:14 PM

With 0.3 stronger flavor!
..Considering his flavors I'm not sure that's a good thing

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