Suh FPGAs exist, but are out of reach for average people due to reasons of cost. Intel/Altera (or Xilinx for that reason) has no particular desire to drive down prices, but some competitors like Lattice (and Chinese Gowin) are selling more and more capable FPGAs at lower price points - ultimately causing downward pressure on the big boys.
I really feel like FPGAs are starting to break into mainstream use, which will cause prices to drop - but it will still be years before the next generation of product 'gels' into a platform which developers will gather around. And yet, there's still life in the current generation so don't write it off yet.
Oh, you're on the fence about buying... I forgot to mention that the DE10-Nano board which MiSTer is based on, is (from what I hear) a fairly heavily-subsidized board as it is intended for educational purposes: Something like $300US worth of parts on a $130US board, if you believe what that person told me.
Which is fine... no idea if/when they might remove that subsidy, or adjust pricing of parts. The other wild card is the American export ban on "dual-use" products which includes FPGAs -> so China will not be able to receive the parts to assemble the boards anymore... which may cause an increase in overall prices, or a blip in supply.
Just something to think about if you're on the fence.
spenoza: So Power Golf and Lords of Thunder are too laggy to be much fun, but most of the other shooters are pretty sound, owing to being pretty damn responsive in their original form.
Jun 1, 2020 16:59:44 GMT
sunteam_paul: Looks like Amazon UK are finally starting to send out Minis now
Jun 5, 2020 8:10:57 GMT
sunteam_paul: Mini arrived, Fantasy Zone is sooo much better in the new version.
Jun 6, 2020 13:53:47 GMT
tron: Finished ys 1&2 again recently.Since i got ys memories of celecta for ps4 recently,time for that game.
Jun 11, 2020 8:23:39 GMT
sunteam_paul: I've just finished Memories of Celceta on PC, great game
Jun 11, 2020 12:06:22 GMT
sunteam_paul: Nice to hear remixes of some of the Ys IV music in it
Jun 11, 2020 12:06:50 GMT
bigusschmuck: Hope everyone is well, still trying to adjust working from home.
Jun 27, 2020 14:37:26 GMT
sunteam_paul: Not working at all at the moment...awaiting
Jun 28, 2020 21:29:46 GMT
spenoza: I have been working from home quite a while, but have begun alternating furloughs due to financial constraints.
Jun 30, 2020 20:21:05 GMT
spenoza: All retro prices are up. Something about people being stuck at home and desperately needing stuff to do. It's why Netflix viewership is up and why Disney+ accidentally stumbled into the perfect launch window.
Jul 20, 2020 18:49:55 GMT
bigusschmuck: I suppose so. So much for a price crash lol
Jul 22, 2020 18:13:45 GMT
tron: yup same thing for blazing lazers/gunhed,digipiggy etc.It's getting rather insane for the sega saturn as well even commons for the console have skyrocketed in price.
Jul 24, 2020 8:09:11 GMT
tron: Speaking of retro i got a refurbish snes classic recently.I heard nintendo was selling ones again so i snag it finally,neat little plug'n'play gonna have to hack it since i hear it's easy to do.
Jul 24, 2020 8:13:52 GMT