This thing has the potential to easily fail badly. It seems to me most people backing it are expecting something to rival the 360 or PS3 THIS generation. So imagine their surprise when they actually realize what it is
For the technically illiterate, this thing is using a Tegra 3 CPU... That's the same one from the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Now, I agree if you're looking for a streaming/media(besides gaming) box for $99 this is great. Netflix and everything. But this will not work for gaming.
They say in the video that gaming has gone mobile and they want to bring it back to the couch... by giving us a console only powerful enough to play tablet games? I don't understand their logic. Anyways, Mobile games are cheap and quick fun. They are bought to be played when you're NOT at home. And they're also cheap. Most going for $1-10. So i don't see how the system will survive as a gaming console.
But as a device to stream netflix and things like that, it's great. It's just that it seems to me that people are misunderstanding the consoles capabilities here. For home/console gaming this thing is not a 360 or PS3, and with the next gen upon us, it's definitely not an option when it comes to non mobile gaming. Which comes back to the point. Why play a Mobile game at home on a console when you can just play it on your mobile device? Outside?
And how much are they going to charge for these games? These are the same games that will probably cost $1-10 on the nexus 7, so that's about as high as they can go. I keep saying this, but again, why buy a home console to play MOBILE games. No sense whatsoever.
We'll see what happens. Don't hold your breath though. This thing has no angle when it comes to gaming.