Not if the next Arduboy:
- Sticks with the same 128 x 64 mono screen.
- Remains compatible with the huge number of current Arduboy games at the C++ source code and library level, requiring just a re-compile for the majority of games.
- Doesn’t add a lot of new “whiz-bang” features that make the overall unit capabilities difficult to grasp and more complicated for “noob” programmers to work with.
- Keeps the same credit card size. (Preferably the exact same case, with minor mods for an SD card slot and/or other decided on additions.)
- Costs less than the two mentioned in the quote and any other similar ones.
You have to consider the momentum that the Arduboy has, in terms of numbers and game availability. In addition to official Arduboys shipped, look at the number of Chinese “clones” available as a testament to its popularity. There are literally hundreds of games and other sketches available for the Arduboy (with over 20 more added just in the last few weeks due to the game jam). A substantial number of those are well done and very enjoyable to play.
If the next generation Arduboy strays substantially from the current one, much of that momentum will be lost and, as @uXe says, it will just be another new, different device in a sea of competitors. (Honestly, I’m sceptical that the Pokitto or META will ever gain the popularity that the current Arduboy has.)
So, as my philosophy has always been: Give developers a bit more processor power and memory resources, so they’re not pulling their hair out wasting time on these, but keep it as backwards compatible and inexpensive as possible. It should remain slotted as a relatively simple, easy and fun beginners/learning platform that can none the less produce decent, enjoyable games. My Arduboy Z prototype embodies this philosophy.
As for the popular desire to have more than just a monochrome display, IMHO it would have to remain compatible with the commands, resolution and speed of the current display (at least at the library level) when run in 1 bit mode, so as to remain backwards compatible with current games. Its size should be a consideration in terms of maintaining the unit’s credit card size. And, its cost shouldn’t impact the desire for a low cost unit. I challenge anyone to find such a beast.