>nothing stopping you from buying the cheapest version of the desk
Except the cheapest version of the deck is still $400 you buffoon, you didn't factor in the high entry cost into the equation?
You could get 2 Vitas with whatever size memory cards you wanted for that price
>they're still ridiculously expensive
That's more because of scarcity because they're discontinued now, they went up
in price compared to when they were still being made.
There are many
reasons that Sony fucked up the Vita rather than just merely "expensive memory cards" (which was a big factor, but far from the only one)
>It's getting the customer to think they are morally good for supporting you, because they could be supporting someone immoral.
This is correct and why Steam's storefront has been successful, but their hardware is weird and always has had problems. They have brainwashed many people but that doesn't mean their control of people is absolute. When the venture has fundamental problems, it will fail. Google and Amazon have all the money and resources in the world and have brainwashed many people, but can't break into gaming at all (or social media much for that matter) despite expensive efforts to do so. Valve can't break into the hardware market despite repeated, expensive efforts to do so. This will only be different because it is indeed a different approach, but not by enough, in my opinion, to be anything more than a modest success unless people are so desperate for graphics cards by the time it releases that they take what they can get.
>So long as Valve is smart enough to let people forget about their bullshit, people will, and now they've put out a product that they told people, you are aloud to do what ever the fuck you want with it when you get it, since it doesn't matter how many people actually use it for piracy or even buying shit from the Epic Games Store. There are enough people with Zealot dedication to Steam that they will buy this thing, because of how big their investment in Steam already is
This is far from necessarily being the case. Your logic should've applied to much of their previous hardware but it didn't. This is different, but only moderately so from their previous attempts.
>and other people who may have never used Steam will see that this thing has the capacity to play games ranging from the 1970's to Now
capacity, and enthusiasts, hackers and pirates don't make up nearly as much of a legitimate audience as you would think.
Not unless you consider overlapping audiences but even then, eh.
There are still fundamental problems with the Steam Deck as a device that undermine it.
Its complete lack of physical games support, the extremely high entry cost, the lack of first party support in terms of titles (and as a result, its a very "weird" type of console since its environment differs utterly), the fact that people don't really know if it even is
a console, handheld, or some kind of form factor computer mimicking the Switch, the fact that Steam's audience and primary demographic is largely uninterested in shit like this considering they're all about their "battlestations" and "rigs" (and the fact that they own all their games on PC already). There is basically no reason for them to buy this sort of thing unless they like shitty handhelds, but if they own a gaming laptop and a controller this thing is already nearly redundant in most cases.
A Switch offers a unique library which is why some
PC fags might
get it along with their (((Steam)))
account, but this thing... meh.
>Valve is a cooperation like any other but they're are at least smart enough to not let them selves be viewed as "The Bad guys" The model of giving people what they want with "No Strings Attached" works.
Don't be so sure about that. You're right about the perception of people, but eventually all things are forced to catch up to reality. Their actions will eventually lead to their downfall especially considering there has been no course correction, but instead things have only been getting worse for the last 7 years in terms of their behavior.