Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Dec 2010 23:27 UTC
Games Sometimes, it's good to reminisce. To look back upon what came before us, in order to better understand what lies ahead. Last week, I bought a piece of computing history I missed out on, a piece I've desperately been wanting to have for a long time now. I bought what is most likely the best selling computer of all time.
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RE[5]: Comment by Neolander
by Raffaele on Wed 8th Dec 2010 10:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Neolander"
Raffaele
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2005-11-12

Infacts, as I said previously, modern consoles are full of hardware such as Hard Disks, but you can't expand a console.


I have one thing to say : Game Boy Camera ^^


So what? ;)

I am enough confident (no offense) to show you two devices in the history of consoles:

Mattel Intellevision could be upgraded to a full computer system adding an adaptor into the cartridge slot...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainment_Computer_System

Even Colecovision console could became a full computer by adding an ADAM module in the cartridge slot, just as Intellevision ECS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleco_Adam

But that hybrids, did not made these consoles became "real" personal computers, but just only hybrids...

It required a special hardware to be added into the cartridge slot, that is not a full featured expansion slot, and it is more or less just add-ons, like what is done with GameBoy Camera.

I.e. the consoles need an ENTIRE external computer connected thru the cartridge slots to became themselves as computers.

(And perhaps GameBoy Camera is just an external device to acquire images...

That not makes the GameBoy a full featured all purpose computer.

You need more and more external hardware connected thru the cartridge slot, to make Gameboy became a full featured computer, just as those ancient consoles.)

Adding expansions in consoles thru cartridge slots is just a crock way to expand it.

Edited 2010-12-08 11:05 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by Neolander
by Neolander on Wed 8th Dec 2010 11:05 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Neolander"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It required a special hardware to be added into the cartridge slot, that is not a full featured expansion slot, and it is more or less just add-ons, like what is done with GameBoy Camera.

I'm a bit confused : what is a full-featured expansion slot, then ? What is the difference between an expansion and an add-on ?

Until now, I thought that you were talking about adding features which the original hardware was not made to support (and we can arguably say that nothing in the GameBoy Pocket hardware prepared it to become a digital camera)

Edited 2010-12-08 11:08 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Neolander
by Raffaele on Wed 8th Dec 2010 11:22 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Neolander"
Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

I'm a bit confused : what is a full-featured expansion slot, then ? What is the difference between an expansion and an add-on ?


IMHO basically if the design of the console provides from the beginning that the console slot connectors could get full access to internal BUS, full hardware chips, peripherals, controlling even things such as processor interrupts, and provides externally connector-joints to make the expansion to became a full-one with the original machine corpse then it is a full expansion slot.

For example Amiga CD32 was built haing in mind to make it became a full computer by adding SX1 module.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_CD32#Accessories_and_third_party...

While I consider ADD-ONS things like Starpath Supercharger for Atari 2600, that was an external device connecting thru cartridge slot.

Starpath Supercharger added the Atari 2600 with 6 Kilobytes of memory, and make Atari load it at pages of 128 bytes (Maximum RAM of Atari 2600)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starpath_Supercharger

This makes Atari2600 not to upgrade its hardware capabilities (it is impossible for a console to expand thru hardware changing), but Supercharger lets Atari bypass its limits thru external hardware add-on.

Edited 2010-12-08 11:28 UTC

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