China's first game console, release date and price tag
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.
@Schmooblidon It was called the iQue and it was like a plug and play, it did not use carts.
China had a ban on Video Games ? That explains why my GF wasn't too clued up on video games!
ever heard of the vii?
What's weird is that I've actually been to China and had no idea that they had a ban. I guess most people go to Macau or Hong Kong to buy one. Also, stores selling knock off stuff and refurbished stuff were really common.
Only in China people!
china's freaking retarded
This is why whenever you hear someone praising China or bashing the US for the high amounts of patents that the Chinese are filing, you can just laugh. It like saying that the kid who cheats off of another kid's test is obviously learning more because they're getting as good grades.
That makes me feel sad knowing people in China can't play video games. They make all the accessories for us too. Also that is an Xbox slim with a Kinect. I lol'd when I read the prototype name was eBox.
did nintendo release the n64 there under a different name. i forget the name
Buy a new one in the morning and have to replace it the next day.
And yeah copyright laws aren't global (in most cases), other countries are supposed to "respect" other countries copyrights but it is not actually illegal to "rip-off" the kinect in china
Well Lenovo is a chinese company, so the Chinese government would be more lenient in allowing them to slip by with the "home entertainment device" label, since it will help the Chinese economy. However, since sony, microsoft and nintendo are foriegn items, it will probably be far less likely that they will be able to slip by in the same way.
China after all did get away with making counterfeit Hummers.
that's cool for them. and Microsoft has absolutely no reasons to sue them btw.
United States copyright has ho affect on what is made/sold in China so this isn't illegal at all
It's China... They've never given a shit over all the other illegal rip-offs they made.
um. . . .
did you know that there is a town in China called Usa (pronounced like yousa) [made in Usa]
PS3 with Kinect? WTF China?