I created this thread so we can discuss the Opgrade Module and decide once for all which direction we should take with the project. I have been getting many different reactions to the module and right now I am just confused about which way I should go. Even if it sometimes looks like I don't care about what others think, I actually do. So lets try to decide what to do next, so the Opgrade Module can finally become more than vaporware.
Here are the options I can see right now:
1) We release the OM as a pluggable expansion module for the ColecoVision but with only a minimum set of features, at the lowest possible price. Such features would be limited to more RAM memory basically. Less than $100 I suppose
2) We release the OM as a pluggable module for the CV, but with advanced features like new A/V outputs, Compact Flash slot and perhaps others. Price of course will be a little higher, on the order of $100~$150
3) We release the OM not as module but as a standalone CV on a chip using FPGA. The system would play all CV games, have new A/V outputs, and include the functionally planed for the OM. Being FPGA, the device could be further upgraded anytime in the future. Price would be in the $150 range I think
4) We release both a pluggable module and a standalone version (perhaps not at the time, though)
5) We forget about this whole OM idea and get back to making games for the plain vanilla CV
So please let me know what you guys think. Last week I ordered an Altera DE1 development system, and I also own a 1chipMSX, so I am ready to go any way you guys think is the best.
If you think you have a better idea, please let us know. I really appreciate any help here. I have been working on the OM for years now, it is just one of those things I just cannot wait to leave behind me. Please help me, Obi-wan, you are my only hope..
Edited by opcode, Mon Aug 3, 2009 9:04 AM.