The thing is the PC DOS machine was a terrible HOME computer. For business tasks it quite did what it bloody well needed to and its absurd prices and complications to make it do anything "fun" really make them things nobody but businesspeople with more money than sense (or the smarts to have their office pay for it/let them borrow it) really should have ever wanted in the home.
My friend's family got a 1000+ plus dollar PC the same year I got my Commodore 64 (Christmas 87.). My machine cost less than half theirs. And for gaming it kicked its ass completely. They had CGA, awful joysticks (at least for that era of gaming. Analog sticks would eventually come into their own. Eventually.) and some beeps and boops. Mine had GEOS which basically turned the 64 into a 16 color Mac with a bigger screen (19" tv for me!), and all the good apps bundled with it. (Somehow I used the GEOS 1 disks for other things like an idiot so it wasn't till GEOS 2 that I got down n dirty with it.)
Honestly PCs weren't home computers till Windows 95 and Pentium 166s and better really. (Then 3d cards came out and confused up a stabilizing market. And the endless increasing system requirements.. but that was even in the 80s.)
The first DOS machine I had in 93 had 2 megs ram SVGA with a tiny amount of video ram (still need to hunt down those chips if I can ever figure out which ones my Tandy 486 needs), a wimpy 2400 baud modem, no sound or CDROM, 2 button mouse, Windows 3.1, DOS 5, a 13" monitor, and was only a 486 25 with a 130 meg hard disk and 1 3.5 HD floppy. For 1400 bucks. I spent the next 4-5 months upgrading the damned thing to be a proper games machine (Navy paychecks aren't big as an E2), and the next 3 or so years trying to keep it current. (Eventually I gave up and got a new PC on credit. LAUGH AT THE MACHINE THAT BLEW MY MIND IN EARLY 97:
(And I had to upgrade it a couple times. Up to a Pentium Pro 200 and I think a Voodoo Banshee.)
Whereas my C64's only upgrade was .. a Fast Load cart I got a couple months before I sold off the machine (STUPID ME. STUPID STUPID STUPID.)
The closed or mostly closed systems were a better value to a home user who wasn't made of money and just wanted to write out some reports, maybe do some light programming & artistic type work, and play some damn fine games.
To be sure, Commodore borked up the 128 which probably should have replaced the C64 entirely by Xmas 87, or at the least developers making it so users would actually WANT to buy RAM expansions, but the dumb things Commodore, Atari, Coleco, TI, and Tandy (among others) did could (and DOES) fill volumes of text...
But in case yall are wondering, Frankenstein is still around. (Sold it to my uncle who eventually sold his house and left a ton of stuff in my basement since.. 07 or so. Which at least meant I got my old friend back. Cleaned up a spare keyboard from the Athlon 800 days, my 15" flat glass monitor, a new floppy drive from ebay, a Sound Blaster 32 Discovery set for 30 bones on ebay (originally like a 400-500 dollar item!), DOS 6.22, and the existing machine with its 16 megs of RAM, a Cyrix P5 133 Overdrive chip upgrades and it works quite nicely. Oh, and an extra 210 meg HD. I really need to get a gig HD in there one of these days. But most of the time I just play DOS stuff in DOSbox.)
Edited by Bloodcat, Mon May 6, 2013 2:38 AM.