Zeebo is a new gaming console from Tectoy that can maintain a constant connection via a 3G network. Meant for countries who cannot afford a pricier system, it will run on a BREW-based OS, with an ARM CPU (528MHz,) a Qualcomm Adreno 130 graphics core, 1GB NAND flash memory, 160MB RAM, 128MB DDR SDRAM and 32MB DDR SDRAM. Although the connection is a freebie the games will not be, with prices ranging from about $3.00 to $13.00. The first Zeebos come preloaded with Quake, Action Hero 3D and Evil Prey at a price in the mid $200.00 range and will be out in Brazil this July.
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The Zeebo from Tectoy is aiming to make its way into the very difficult video game market. The one advantage they have is they are using a 3G wireless network at no cost to the user. The Zeebo is launching in July of 2009 in Brazil and will then branch out to other markets in developing countries. The console will be always connected to a 3G network, allowing games and content download. The system comes with 3 games pre-loaded, Action Hero 3D, Evil Prey, and Quake. Although not the greatest titles of today, they obviously are not competing with the traditional market, but the $258 price tag certainly does. The games will cost between $10 and $30, but there is no note of supporting developers or any other titles in the works. The Zeebo features an ARM 528MHz CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 130 graphics, 1GB NAND flash memory, 160MB RAM, 128MB DDR SDRAM and 32MB stacked DDR SDRAM. The 3G wireless portion of the Zeebo would be a great concept to see in the U.S on the next generation of consoles if only the carriers would allow it, but we doubt it.
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