I'd like to know how? I know 6 people with Raspberry Pis, all of them are running Retropie with only two of them having a raspbian install for tinkering. . .This assumption is wrong.
I mentioned that in the original post, but thanks.What you suggest does not seem to be part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation strategy up to 2018, as set out publically here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/files/about ... 016-18.pdf
Unless you have numbers to show otherwise, it's the only statistic I have. So, yes, my assumptions will be based on my personal real life experiences.if memory serves about 15 millions of pis have been sold.
You make an assumption based on too small sample size 6 of 15000000
Whatever, that doesn't make them statistically valid.
While I appreciate you hijacking a thread and turning it into a useless statistic "discussion"...Whatever, that doesn't make them statistically valid.
I have 3 pis, none of them used for retro gaming, all of them running my own OS.
Should I assume that no pis in the whole world are used for gaming at all and that all of them run my OS which isn't even publicly available?
This is true, but it also shows that there are those out there with a desire for the purpose. I would imagine that most, or at least a large number, of those who want a pi 3 for this have already picked one up. From there, there is no reason to purchase another one. A faster model, however, would likely spur new purchases. Of course, faster devices would also open up doors to companies who need something faster for their applications.Your sample size of 6 is a bit small, and suffers from being skewed by the fact they are people you know, and people you know are likely to have similar interests to yourself.
Well, I'm 32 and work in IT. A few of my coworkers are IT and have them for gaming, another friend is my mountain biking buddy, another an ex navy survivalist, another a teacher, etc. It's a wide range of individuals and our common interest isn't generally gaming. But, we all have a Retropie setup. I wouldn't make any age or demographic assumptions.I think the OP is acquainted with a smaller subset of Pi users who's interest is close to his own so the biasing in his small sample is easily explained. Maybe it is an age thing, or a school grouping or ???
dirthurts wrote: ↑Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:17 pmSo, I'm pretty sure this has been discussed in some form or another, but it's just something I wanted to chat about.
It's pretty clear that a lot of Raspberry Pi users only use them for their gaming purposes, emulators and such. Honestly, a lot of this is probably more to do with the software behind it (Retropie mainly).
So, why not create a device for those users who simply want the software support, but are less concerned about the pricing? Me, personally, I'd happily pay $100 or so if I could get Dreamcast and N64 games running properly on my Pi device.
I would assume that a A8 processors, dumped into a pi 3 board (the chips and controllers associated with the current pi 3 anyway) would allow the same software to run, just at a faster speed, right? Admittedly, I'm not a computer expert, I just really like them.
The budget market is more than covered with the Zero and pi 3. Why don't they expand and focus on the enthusiast who probably push their products harder than anyone else? I know it's not their original plan, but sometimes following the market is a good thing.
I don't suppose there are any higher end products that work out of the box with Retropie are there?
I never said that. I personally have one as a linux desktop, an interactive display at a museum, a weather station/weather display, and have used them for other experiments. I'm well aware that there are many other uses for them. I just stated that from my experience (mine, all mine) that most people seem to use them for gaming.Regards you assumption that the RPT products are only used for Retropie, did you miss that NEC are including the CM3 in TV's:
The RetroPie people mentioned on their site download figures of hundreds of thousands - a lot less than 1 million. Compare that with the 15 million plus Pis sold. And that's not accounting for people who aren't using their Pis solely for retro gaming.
A large number of that small number may well only want one Pi3B. They may desire a Pi4B (if that is what it is called when it is released). A lot of people would like that. However sales of the current Pi models are still good and healthy and many people are buying more than one (and not to just play games on).dirthurts wrote: ↑Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:52 pmThis is true, but it also shows that there are those out there with a desire for the purpose. I would imagine that most, or at least a large number, of those who want a pi 3 for this have already picked one up. From there, there is no reason to purchase another one.Your sample size of 6 is a bit small, and suffers from being skewed by the fact they are people you know, and people you know are likely to have similar interests to yourself.
Of the people the I know that use Pis (say 3 to 4 that I've dealt with on a regular basis), *none* of them are running Retropi that I know of. I have never run it on any of my Pis,
The current SoCs will continue to be made so long as enough of them sell to be economically viable. Note that the BCM2835 (found on the B+, A+, Pi0 and Pi0W all use this chip). The only SoC that has been used by a model of Pi and then dropped was the BCM2836, which was superceded on the Pi2B by the BCM2837 as a slightly de-rated install compared to the Pi3B.
As are many of us, but the RPF isn't talking about what is in the pipeline.I'm just the kind of guy who is always looking forward, for more opportunities to tinker and improve.
I'm 68 and a retired programmer. There are many posters here with a great deal of experience that applies directly to the Pi, where it's at and where it's going.Well, I'm 32 and work in IT. A few of my coworkers are IT and have them for gaming, another friend is my mountain biking buddy, another an ex navy survivalist, another a teacher, etc. It's a wide range of individuals and our common interest isn't generally gaming. But, we all have a Retropie setup. I wouldn't make any age or demographic assumptions.
At leat one or two did extend some good will. One by selling parts at a price associated with much higher volumes than the initial purchase quantity. (That company has since gotten orders in the kinds of volumes that justify the price.) Another was willing to negotiate lower prices than they wanted initially. Their reward has been order volumes that justify the lower prices.