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Infinium Labs Unveils Phantom Video Game Console

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Infinium Labs has revealed more details about its Phantom video game console, including the appearance of the console itself. It will feature game demos, rentals, and subscriptions, but it does not appear to support any removable media in the standard configuration (unless it supports USB flash drives via its two USB ports), so everything it plays will be either preloaded on its "100+ Gigabyte internal storage device" (that sounds like a hard drive to me) or downloaded from the Internet.

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The Phantom looks to be even more like a personal computer than Microsoft's Xbox. In fact, Infinium Labs claims that the system "supports PC games", so it could be that there will be special versions of known Windows games tailored specifically for download and play on the Phantom. Infinium Labs says the Phantom uses a custom operating system built on the Windows XPe kernel, an Intel mainboard and CPU up to 3GHz, an Nvidia video card (yes, they use the word "card", so it might be upgradeable), and 256MB of DDR RAM. It features on-board RF (radio frequency) wireless support for peripherals such as a mouse, a keyboard, and a game controller of some sort, all of which will be included. There is no word yet on wireless networking, but the Phantom will be able to connect to cable and DSL modems.

Pricing has not been announced, but Infinium Labs is taking reservations via http://www.phantom.net/registration.php.

I plan to post more details about the Phantom as I am able to uncover them as well as a critical analysis of the system's potential in an already crowded console market after I have more time to analyze the relevant information, so keep checking Game Buzz for the latest information.

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