Surely the current method of hardware compatibility is no longer working?
Pro Tools vanilla users can use any audio interface they like with Pro Tools... except Avid's.
Pro Tools vanilla users can use any DSP powered plugin platform... except Avid's.
Pro Tools vanilla users can use any low latency monitoring app (total mix, Apollo console, antelope studio)... except Avid's.
Pro Tools vanilla users can use any 32 channel I/O interface they like... except Avid's.
It seems a bit backwards, doesn't it? HDX is a withering beast, not because it is lacking in quality or function... but because it is reserved only for a small section of the total user base who need large I/O counts and post features. Avid is effectively alienating it's own user base away from it's own hardware, and it seems odd. With so many other great non-Avid hardware options on the market, are many users really going to justify the additional $1800 in software upgrades just to buy Avid stuff?
Why not make Avid hardware accessible to all users.
And Make Pro Tools Great Again.