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China's first game console, release date and price tag

10/18/11 2:40pm

Lenovo's iSec is now reportedly set for a limited release this December in China for a tidy sum of 3,000 yuan (US$470). 

Previously called the eBox, it will be the first console to  legally go on sale in the country since the ban on "game boxes."   China manufactures a number of consoles, but they are not legally allowed to be sold within the country. The iSec is pitched as a "home entertainment device" to sideskirt the ban- a move that Sony and Microsoft could certainly mimic.  It features Kinect-like controls and can also double as a karaoke machine. Lenovo will reportedly consider selling the console overseas after hitting the 1 million unit sale mark.

Now we get to sit back and watch how Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo take this change, and whether or not it will affect the ban. Either way, this is likely to give Lenovo a pretty hefty head start on tapping into China's somewhat-untouched market of nearly 1.5 billion people.


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