Infinium Unveils its Phantom

Just over a half a year ago, newcomer to the gaming scene, Infinium Labs, announced out of the blue that they would be providing a fourth competitor to the console race within the coming year. At first, due to its apt name of Phantom, and the vague assurances of performance provided with Infinium's release, the console was widely suspected of being an elaborate hoax. However, over the past several months, Infinium has continued to promote the product through a variety of methods including their main website for the Phantom. This promotion culminated last night with the final unveiling of the Phantom online; including a short promotional video for the product and the Phantom's product specification sheet. Unfortunately though, the only pictures of the Phantom still provided are just rendered images of the concept design.

Among the many initial claims made for the Phantom are that it will contain a processor of "blazing fast" speed, cinematic graphics capabilities, Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound, and the widest selection of games available for any product. To back up these claims, Infinium also provides a more firm set of components which are to be included with infinium consoles. These are divided into standard and optional components and include:

Standard Components:

  • Custom OS on Windows XPe kernal
  • Up to 3.0 GHz processor with 256MB
  • High-Performance nVida video card
  • High Performance Intel motherboard
  • Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 100+ Gigabyte internal storage device
  • On-board RF Wireless modules
  • S-video, RCA or component video and PAL
  • 10/100 baseT Ethernet
  • 1 Wireless controller
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • 2 USB ports
  • 4 controller ports
  • 12' Port Extension Cable

    Optional Components:

  • Controllers, wireless and corded
  • Keyboard and mouse with charging base station
  • Storage expansion for additional game storage
  • DSL modem
  • Cable modem
  • Wireless WIFI card
  • Memory upgrades
  • Speaker sets
  • Flat screen displays

    The Phantom is planned as an "always on" broadband system and will feature a number of interface designs to use this connectivity. Infinium is planning to offer a wide selection of games for rental, preview before buy, and outright purchase through their online system. However, they also note that their will be no traditional media games offered for their system. In addition, from the preview video, it looks like they are also planning to provide an online community to go with their product; including chats/forums, Phantom news, game reviews, an opponent matching service, and Phantom supported tournaments or contests.

    Currently, Infinium Labs is collecting names of interested gamers who would like to be contacted when they being pre-ordering. This process is expected to start around October.

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    by Gabriel Putnam    
    Sources: [Infinium Labs]

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