So I have an opportunity last night to look under the hood of the new GOT pro. I can't believe how sparse it is under the play field. This was my first time I've had the chance to closely examine a game running the new Spike system.
It looks like Stern is going to see huge cost savings from using this system.
The main thing I noticed immediately:
Lack of a wiring harness. It is odd seeing a play field connected by a network cable and a single connector with 4 wires for power I'm used to see a thick bundle of cables.
I can't imagine the amount of materials and labor this will save at the factory not having to build large wiring harnesses anymore.
I wish I had taken pictures. For those of you that have never seen the bottom, the game has 3 small boards that are probably 6" x 3" or so that have connectors that feed nearby switches, coils and insert lights and GI. They are daisy chained together via the network cable and power connectors and just serve the area around where they are mounted. The underside of the play field looks very sparse.
I'm hoping this type of efficiency is going to allow Stern to start lowering the prices in the future but that's probably wishful thinking.
I'd be interested from hearing from anyone with manufacturing experience as to how much you'd estimate the cost savings are for Stern from the new Spike system.