Originally Posted by CloudedVision
Planned obsolescence. This is how the IT industry works.
When it comes to end user workstation builds, you can see it instantly. For example, check out newegg, and lightly browse What is going on. There are always new technologies coming out. Better motherboards, faster CPU's faster ram, way faster and more reliable ssd's etc.
The industry needs to strategically phase out older technology, to make room for the new stuff. Although I disagree with this model, it's how it works to keep the new stuff coming down the line.
As far as a need for it, there is none imo. There is no reason why you should go out of your way to deprecate the technology you manufacture unless it is clearly antiquated.
The whole Ghost situation I think leans somewhat on the fact that it runs on a new engine, and the devs want to make sure your system has enough resources to run it the way they want to. I agree that it is overkill. There are ways around the 6gb memory requirement as stated above.
As far as anything being a conspiracy theory, that would only apply if it was a secret. It is totally known that technology companies do this on purpose, it is the model, as broken as it is, that is the way it is.
Also, if you are interested in trying to prove that some tech companies over step, and force perfectly fine hardware out of the market, that is easy to do. Apple did it to me when they "official" stopped supporting my iphone 4 years after it came out. I was shocked to wake up to a message on my phone stating that it no longer works, thanks to apple. I instantly hit the 3rd party scene and got my phone working again for another year or so before i picked up an android. I can't "prove" that apple did anything purposefully to force me to spend money on a new phone, by essentially remotely factory bricking my current model at the time. Situations like this are very questionable as far as business ethics go.
My grandmother has a blender she bought 50 years ago. Works perfectly fine, if not better than anything you can purchase today. Things today in general, are engineered to fail after a short period of time, forcing you to buy another one, keeping you on the treadmill of consumerism. The tech industry simply takes that a little further, by marketing tactics telling you that you need to spend several thousand dollars on a new computer to play a new video game that has been hyped for months. Capitalism is what build the modern era, and is also the same thing that will bring it down, if let to operate unrestricted (for the most part) like it does now imo
When you build a global financial structure based on a non renewable resource like crude oil, there is really only a finite amount of money that translates into. Combine that with the fact that the federal reserve charges the government interest on all money it prints for them, and the fact that every single person on government think's it is totally ok to allow huge corporations to "lobby" them to persuade said official to adjust legislation to benefit the corporations slightly over the individual. I call this a form of corruption. Changing the words you use for the actions you do, does not change the end result. Put this all together, and if you do not have any money in this country, good luck getting any of it, and if you do, you are encouraged to hoard it as much as possible, because that is what america is. Work hard, screw everyone else except you and your family, and let the best man win. Well, the best men won, almost 100 years ago, and those are the rules we are forced to deal with still today.
Start using alternative currencies. Bitcoin is huge in decentralizing currency, I encourage the use of that, and any other similar cryptocurrencies. This is how you beat corruption, stop using your national currency to store your wealth.
When you transfer the control mechanism of a market into the hands of the consumer, companies are forced to produce what is actually needed, and wanted, instead of the companies creating artificial demands for new tech, so they can keep sales figures up, so that the stock holders make a profit on a quarterly basis. The goal is to make money period. The hardware, and software manufactured are simply tools to extract money out of you, nothing more.