I couldn't get to sleep a few nights ago and swimming around my head was the idea that pinball should stop being made for public spaces and instead aimed as a luxury toy for home use.
I was thinking that if someone would create a modern electronic solid state pinball table but scaled down to about a 900x500mm playfield with smaller balls and ramps it could be played on home tables then stored on it's side in a cupboard or on top of a wardrobe when not being used.
Costs could be cut by not having extavagent playfield toys but keeping all the classic ramps, locks, drops, bumpers. I'm thinking that a detatchable LCD or OLED based back board could be used rather than a DMD and feature a deep ruleset for prolonged use and exploration rather than instant satisfaction. The table could be network connected for leaderboards, updated firmware and other online features.
I'm thinking a cost of £1000 to £2000 (or whatever that is in dollars) would be something that people would be willing to play for an experience as good as the best late 90s tables but smaller in scale and easier to transport and store. The light and sound could be even more impressive now than ever with even better and cheaper lights, speakers, displays. With the right design team, these could be just as audially and visually exciting as the best of the past pinballs.
I suppose I'm putting this idea out there to see what the major stumbling blocks are. I've read that Jersey Jack will be using existing Williams pinball parts which have been refined over the years and if you created a pinball table at a different scale like I am proposing I guess you would need to design and create every part from scratch which would be a big investment.
Apart from whether there is sufficient market demand for this to be a worthwhile business venture I think that is the only problem I can see.
I'd be interested to hear all your fine reasons why this is an impossible pipe dream even if I had the capital to start a home pinball company.