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Surely it is easier to design and produce a chip and control console that permits the control console to asign an ID to the chip than to produce a chip that already has an ID assigned with the complcations this has for the console design.

All chips are then identical.

Can you imagine the difficulties for retailers and the returns that retailers will get if every chip has an ID already asigned and locked in? It could make chip sales complicated when surely all a retailer wants you do do is pick a chip pack off the shelf and pay for it no questions asked.

Can you image Toys R Us and Argos stocking digital chips if it was more complex than that?



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I have now changed my mind as it would not make commercial sense to do this.

Looking at the buttons on the control unit it would appear that there is a function for setting the ID of the chip.

For somebody starting from scratch and wanting to race 4 cars immediately this makes the purchase of 2 Scalextric Digital sets with 4 cars, 4 controllers, 4 lane switchers, twice as much track, etc, an attractive proposition although the add on power booster unit would need to be purchased also and you would be left with a redundant control unit (Ebayable?) and you would have 2 pairs of identical cars although this should not present too much of a problem.

For somebody who already had enough track then a purchase of a second digital set does not present such an attractive proposition.

There is little news yet of the Scalextric Digital Pro arrangements and no doubt info is being held back until the London Toy fair in 2005.


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