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When Will Stern Pinball Machines Be Online?

By HighProtein

1 year ago

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    “When Will Stern Pinball Machines Be Online?”

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    #221 1 year ago

    I think the best option would be if Stern could include an optional daughter board attachment that would contain the hardware and software to get a game online. That way it's there for the people who want it, and operators can move it into the machines they think it would be best on (and use their experience to determine if they should buy more modules)

    Lots of potentially helpful features for operators.

    It's also a hobby with deep pockets. I can see peer pressure amongst home owners to get their fellow owners to install them on games to play online.

    #224 1 year ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    I don't know about the head-to-head stuff, but I will say that I'm shocked that the SPIKE 2 system doesn't have wi-fi built in. It would certainly make firmware updates so much easier, plus it would be really handy if you could change settings via an app. How much can a wireless chip possibly cost these days?

    If the Spike CPU is powerful enough to manage it, then an off the shelf USB 802.11 wireless receiver is a few bucks. They'd spend more money on writing the software, providing security, and maintaining servers than the actual cost of hardware going into the game.

    #227 1 year ago
    Quoted from Goronic:

    For what it's worth JJP is probably further along and likely have future proofed their games as they are all PC based hardware and using a desktop UNIX based operating systems.

    Spike is UNIX too

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