We’ve had a number of people contact us this morning about a teaser for an interview with David Braben in Eurogamer, which is due to go out next week. David was a bit equivocal in what he said, and the difference between the consumer and educational launches wasn’t made clear. Some other bits of the press have picked it up too, but have kind of gone in feet-first; Tom’s Hardware currently have a big splash on their homepage saying “Raspberry Pi not available to consumers until September”. You can probably gather that I am not having a fantastic day dealing with this. I’m doing my best to get both articles amended. (Edit to add – the lovely folk at Eurogamer are scrambling to make changes already. Thanks guys!)
I’ll quote from the Tom’s Hardware piece (Edit to add – Tom’s Hardware have also made a correction now; thanks very much!) – before you have a heart attack, please be aware that what you’re about to read is COMPLETELY WRONG:
Despite Monday’s report that the first batch of boards for Raspberry Pi will be completed on February 20, the $25/$35 credit card-sized computer won’t be available for public consumption until 3Q12. Co-creator David Braben is hoping this will be the actual public release timeframe given the team doesn’t endure additional delays as reported earlier this week.
“We’ve not got a pre-order [system] for the commercial one yet because we need to determine the price, determine roughly when it’s going to be,” he told Eurogamer. “We have a good idea that it will be sort of in Q3 this year, but we can’t be certain. There are a lot of variables in terms of what we need to get ready. We don’t know completely but we’re moving very quickly.”
What’s that? Will this little rig not be $25 or $35? Sounds like we may be shelling out a few extra Jacksons than originally thought.
I’ll take these one by one.
You will be able to buy a Raspberry Pi from the end of February, from this website. The “consumer release” that Eurogamer is talking about is actually the educational release, which, as you’ll be aware if you’ve been hanging out on our forums, will come with a kid-targetted software stack, a heap of written support materials, and a standard case.
The model A will cost $25 and the model B will cost $35. These prices will not change (unless we can change them downwards). Price is such an important part of what we’re doing in trying to change the way people use computers that we’d be totally, totally mad to move the price point. The educational release’s case will not add to the price if we can possibly help it.
We have no plans for preorders.