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Cost of Pinball Mods vs. Playstation 5


By delt31

42 days ago



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    #1 42 days ago

    Yes a ridiculous title but sometimes I lose perspective on the cost of pinball vs. video games.

    The talk of the town in the video game world is the PS5. Could it really be 600? That would be crazy right? Yet in the pinball world, I'll drop $400+ for a "ship" enhancement, or an updated witch. $300+ for LED strips on the side of your machine. Toppers, something that just sits on your pinball machine for the "cool" factor, can get up to 1k+ and they'll sell immediately.

    It's just funny to take a step back and think about this. PS5 is expected to be an absolute beast yet $600 would literally rock the industry while modders here can make that fairly easily (and I'm probably giving them my money too!).

    Pinball is a fascinating hobby. I know others can draw comparisons to other niche hobbies but I'm prob not involved in those so pinball becomes my main focal point.

    #2 42 days ago

    Yeah! all this stuff is expensive. I might be moving to a new house, and I really want a pole barn for all my exciting toys, including toppers and a ps5! Man cave here i come!

    #3 42 days ago

    Funny, I was thinking about this the other day too. The Star Wars topper is more expensive than a PS5 will likely be, and is far less complex. It's definitely interesting the kind of things people in this hobby will drop big bucks on, though that also extends to other hobbies. For instance, my video card is twice the rumored price of a PS5.

    That said, I'd be shocked if the PS5 is $600, they made that mistake with the PS3 and it really set them back for a while in that generation. I'm figuring both the Xbox and PS5 will be $500. I'll probably skip out on this generation for a while since I'm primarily a PC gamer anyway, and hardly use my xbone or ps4 as it is.

    #4 42 days ago

    Getting into pinball really reminded me how cheap video games are. Especially if you are patient, you can get just about any major release for $30 or less within a year. These day I'm thrilled to find a decent pin for under $2,000

    I'll probably buy a PS5 this fall and not think about it. $400 or $600. It doesn't matter. I've used the same PS4 that I bought for $400 for seven years now. I'm fine if it's $600 and a PS5 lasts me another seven years.

    #5 42 days ago
    Quoted from atrainn:

    Funny, I was thinking about this the other day too. The Star Wars topper is more expensive than a PS5 will likely be, and is far less complex. It's definitely interesting the kind of things people in this hobby will drop big bucks on, though that also extends to other hobbies. For instance, my video card is twice the rumored price of a PS5.
    That said, I'd be shocked if the PS5 is $600, they made that mistake with the PS3 and it really set them back for a while in that generation. I'm figuring both the Xbox and PS5 will be $500. I'll probably skip out on this generation for a while since I'm primarily a PC gamer anyway, and hardly use my xbone or ps4 as it is.

    I'm curious how the changes in architecture for the next gen systems will change PC gaming. The 360 era hugely influenced PC gaming and it took a few years for most PC hardware to catch up (like 2005-2008). But the PS4/XO era saw a relatively little jump over PCs and then PCs quickly caught up and surpassed it. The new high transfer rate storage formats are exciting, especially if game designers take advantage and no longer have to use all the same tricks to obfuscate loading screens (eg riding an elevator, running down a long hallway, doing a quick time event or other canned animation with specific timing). It may provide a technological distinction that was lacking this past generation. (At least until the new storage formats proliferate in PC gaming)

    #6 42 days ago

    I hear you Delt31. Here is where my moment came from. I was recently shopping for a new clutch in on of my cars. There was a stock option for $300, a mid grade upgrade for $500 or you could go full twin disc for $1K. This is going on a supercharged 550 HP car, mind you that produced only 300 stock (which I'm currently on a slipping stock clutch). I go looking at it and my mind goes straight past the twin disc clutch as that is way to expensive for a clutch. I then go into an internal debate on the $300 (stock style) or the $500 (mid grade upgrade that would cover the power). I literally went back and forth on those two for weeks, when if fact I really should have been looking at the twin disc the whole time. I wound up with the $500 mid upgrade one which will work perfectly fine but probably wont have the shelf life that the twin disc would have been.

    Now fast forward to last week. What did I do? I dropped $500 on two speaker kits for my pinball machines. This is after buying a set of mirror blades, shaker motors, plastic protectors, etc for my two newest games. I spent well over the cost of that twin disc clutch for completely necessary parts on a pinball machine without much hesitation at all. I'm sick I tell you!

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