Reasons Apple’s Bandai Pippin Console Failed

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In this article, we'll look at the reason Pippin failed and highlight the timeline of the console’s short life.

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In 1996, the home game console market exploded, whereas home computers were still seen as a luxury.

The Creation

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The Pippin ran on macOS 7 or system 7, which lent itself to some unique abilities that no other console had at the time.

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What Made the Pippin Special?

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One key factor that held back the Pippin was the same thing that kept home computers from being mainstream. The price was set to a prohibitive $650.

The Quick Fall of the Pippin

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Pippin cost $400 more than current competitors like the N64 or Playstation. Even the PS5, released in 2020 several years later, cost $500.

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So, even without adjusting for inflation, the Pippin was still more expensive than today’s flagship consoles.

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