Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Gaming Console Part 1

This month it was announced that Zeebo, a new gaming console, would be hitting the gaming markets later this year. But don’t get too excited for this new piece of tech, it’s not intended to compete against the gaming giants (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft). In fact, it won’t even be released in the U.S. until next year, if even then. Instead, it’s meant to bring the joy and wonder of gaming to developing countries like Brazil, Russia, and Mexico where video games are scarce.

The Zeebo is constructed out of cellphone like processors making the console cheap to build, but the weak processors make the the graphics look like a slightly upgraded PlayStation 1 game. The Zeebo uses the 3G wireless network to connect to the internet and the owners of the Zeebo can download games via an online “shopping mall” from the comfort of their own homes. The Zeebo connects to a 3G network instead of a broadband connection because most people in these developing countries don’t have access to broadband yet. By making the Zeebo accessible to the larger world market, publishers and developers will be able to create games for about a billion new consumers. Capcom, Com2uS, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Glu, Namco Networks and THQ are just a few of the companies already lined up to develop games for the Zeebo and I am sure there will be many more to come. Since all the games will be downloadable the games will be cheaper to make and ultimately cheaper to buy. Hopefully the experimental Zeebo will be able to survive its market and bring a new dynamic to the gaming industry.[Source]

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