There are a few common themes in the world of consumer technology. For example, everything seems to be getting smaller, right? Phones, tablets, computers and televisions are all shedding weight, appearing thinner and lighter than ever. 3D technology has trickled down to the consumer level as well – offered on televisions, phones and video game consoles. Another trend that seems to be emerging is the dipping of these objects in gold. Probably not literally, as I am unsure of the manufacturing process, but sure enough phones, tablets and now, video game consoles can be purchased with solid gold casings.
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Have a look at the new Nintendo Wii Supreme and Sony PS3 Supreme. It took six months to construct the Wii Supreme. It is known as the world’s most expensive gaming console, priced at $485,920. Its casing is made of 2500gm of 22ct gold – simply gorgeous. The PlayStation 3 Supreme has a similar makeup. It wears 1600gm of 22ct gold with 58 x 0.50ct diamonds individually set on both sides of the disk entrance. The Wii also sports a few rocks. 78 x 0.25ct diamonds serve as its front buttons.
To my understanding, on an operational level, these devices are the same as their less fashionable friends. Of course, that’s not why we’re interested in them, is it? If it was, we could run to Best Buy and pick one up for around $300. The motivation behind a half-a-million dollar Nintendo is probably the same behind that of a golden iPhone. You have it, because you can have it. There’s no real need for it. Just like there’s no real need for a tennis court in my backyard – I don’t play tennis – but it’s there.
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