The time it took for my brother to get our new Super Nintendo out of the box and connected to our television couldn't have been more than five minutes.
I'm pretty sure we used the same coaxial cable connector that the NES before it used, though it's possible he was bold enough to forge a new connection dedicated to the SNES.
The time between when he arrived home with the console box and a copy of short. The anticipation while waiting for holidays or birthdays or while saving enough allowance has turned into anticipation during firmware updates or software patches or mandatory installs, and all manner of nonsense.
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The day one patch (and beyond) wasn't the only misstep that led to a console launch widely perceived as disjointed, but it assuredly contributed.
The Play Station 4's day one patch -- a measly 323MB file -- helped take down Sony's Play Station Network servers intermittently last Friday and over the weekend.
Like the Wii U before it, the PS4 only plays disc-based games out of the box -- other functionality (including Blu-ray movie playback) was enabled by the launch-day patch.
This is all the internet's fault, as most things are. With most buyers living in places with relatively strong connectivity, games can launch without, say, Last year's Wii U was the first home game console to require a patch straight out of the box, and it was a hard pill to swallow.
If your internet happened to be out the same day you got a Wii U, you couldn't do anything beyond play disc-based games and create a Mii. Considering most of those functions were internet-based anyway, the internet-less would be skunked regardless of the required patch -- the real crime was having to spend an hour or more downloading a patch even if your internet connection was flawless.
That hundreds of thousands of people spent at least 0 apiece on an electronic device that didn't out of the box is relatively unprecedented.Even modern computers are new to the idea of mandatory online updates before use, and only in the past few years have smartphones and other mobile devices made the practice a standard.And of course, with game consoles, the last generation normalized game patches, console firmware updates and OS upgrades.For several years, it's been perfectly acceptable to launch a game with a required day one patch.Apparently that mentality now applies to game consoles.Beyond the day one update for Wii U that added everything from the online store to Nintendo's Mii Verse social network, the console's Nintendo TVii service didn't arrive for another month after launch.