Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

[[Introduction]]

A Tampa Bay area technology company, Infinium Labs Corporation, will develop and market a new game console that, it claims, will outperform the XBOX, Sony Playstation II, and GameCube.
Infinium Labs has engineered its prototypes and expects to unveil the new gaming console in March of 2003. The company intends to launch the game console to the U.S. consumer market by November 2003. Although technical details about the system, codenamed Phantom, are not available the company does not seem intimidated by the size and capabilities of its competitors.

[[The Plan]]

The company plans to market a high performance gaming console and delivery system to provide consumers with options and capabilities that, Infinium Labs claim, are not available in today's marketplace. The console will appeal to the hard-core gamer and the high end consumer electronic purchaser. This next generation game console will aim to provide a robust, fault tolerant delivery system that will support games on demand, game rentals, game demos, seamless upgrades and patch management. The game console will be an ALWAYS ON BROADBAND DEVICE. It aims to be easy enough for children to use independently yet so advanced that it will exceeds the needs of hard-core gamers.

The first reaction to bold claims such as these is that the company either know a great secret or that they are just very naive. But Infinium Labs claim their secret lies in the makeup of their team. Infinium Labs was formed by veteran entrepreneurs who have a successful track record in building large scale companies and advanced architectures for supporting massive eCommerce and enterprise applications. Combining skills from Telco, Data Communications, Digital Rights Management, Software Development and Security, the management team brings together a unique array of skills to develop the most robust next generation gaming console and delivery network on the market.
All of their staff may be ideally suited to designing and developing a content delivery system but there does seem to be a lack of people with console experience and in the current competitve market conditions this could prove a very important drawback.

[[Features]]

The Infinium Labs game console will feature a high tech design and offer ease of use for the variety of game players worldwide. The on-demand delivery system will appeal to hard-core gamers as well as casual users. The unique design architecture will allow for delivery of a large number of games and the ability to participate in online massive multiplayer gaming. Key features include:

-Fastest console on the market

-Broadest selection of preloaded games

-Cross Platform capabilities

-State of the art design and architecture

-Advanced accessories and wireless capabilities

-Online connectivity for multi player gaming

-Seamless upgrades and patch management

-A multi tiered subscription service that meets the needs of casual, moderate and hard-core game players

-Demo games before purchasing or subscribing

-Games on demand

-Game Rentals

[[Games]]

As far as games are concerned, the company are not very specific but they claim that there are currently 32,679 retail game titles available and 418 shareware game titles and this does not include; adult, casino, sequels and new releases in past 6 months.
Such a claim can only mean that they hope to reach some form of license agreement with developers in order to be able to offer PC Games over their console. So nothing new, as far as games are concerned, here.

This can only mean that Phantom will be a PC in a box, much like XBox is. This in turn brings up the question of cost, how does the company plan to avoid charging the same amount of money for Phantom, as they would for a similar PC? One possibility is subsidy. This would require a very large investment with an equally large risk, something verging on the impossible for a new company which is about to fight well established console giants.

Probably the best way to close a story such as this one is by Infinium Labs' closing statement, which may reflect their main strategy, which will be to entice developers by promising a decent profit, the advanced system will provide game developers and publishers a secure and efficient software distribution system. Infinium Labs intends for game developers and publishers to reap greater profits using this new game delivery system.

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Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

hoax, eh...phan·tom also fan·tom ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fntm)n.1. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or an apparition.2. Something elusive or delusive.3. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.4. Something dreaded or despised.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

dont dismiss it yet. Ppl thought that the marketplace was big enugh for 2 consoles. Sony came in and pretty much killed Sega. Then ppl dismissed M$ attempts since they dont have a console hiostory etc. Well M$ seem pretty established now.So would this new console coexist with the other 3, or will their be an empty grave 2 fill?IEDont judge it yet until we have some evidence.PSOld news. This was in IGN, Gamespot, Gamespy etc like 2 weeks ago. They had WAY more info as well

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

OMG 234723784 GTAMES?!?!? DIS SUYSTEM IS GOIN TEW RUELZ! I MEEN IT CAME OWT OF NOWHERE N DEY R PROMUSING ALL DISS TUFF! ITS GOING TO BE DA BEST!Seriously, this will most likely bomb since there is no hard information about it, and from the looks of it there seems to only be online type games.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

Well well well....At IGN We did an extensive research on this "Phantom" and the company... and it all points out to be a hoax. Why they did it is beyond our comprehension. There is no way in hell that this could be real. If you look for a satellite image of this "Company" with the address provided on their site, you'll find that its a house in a residential area on the beach shore.Hmm a home made console...? Yeah right.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

can i just point out a simple fact. all u wank heads who got pcs and xboxs r off ur tits. have u never heard of emulators. Its been out 4 ages and if u got the hardware, (and lets face it, thats not difficult as its all old and crap) ne fooker can play its games!

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

M$ wont go bankrupt any time soon.THas what ppl thought about Worldcom and ENron. THey seemed goo in the past. Why would they go bankruptM$ probally wont for a long time, but the X Box division is really dragging them dowm. Its ironic when u say that M$ sure dont know how 2 make a profit, cause they sure arnt with X box.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

personally i think this is a hoax, if its not, then who will buy it, i cannot see any teenagers buying this product, "game rentals" yeah from online, sounds like the credit card will have to come out of the wallet, and if its an on broadband all the time type thing, that limits quite a few people doesent it, not everyone has the ability to acess decent broadband, i think whoever buys this thing will end up having to pay for it every time they want to play it, it also sounds like a cc hackers dream, get into the system, and get all the gamers credit card info, it can be done, so if its not a hoax, then it will turn out to be a flop, one way or another im not buying one

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

dudes check it out. this is a hoax. it's that simple. They claimed to be coming to E3, but at the E3 site, they're not on the list of companies that'll be appearing. The booth pictures are fake, as is the Phantom console. Look up the definition of Phantom. Case Closed.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

It sounds really simple, with consoles becoming more and more computer like phantom is like an xbox with new, faster, better components. however the real downside is that names such as EA, activision etc... are already disappointed with xbox. And Phantom sounds alot like a twin to the good, but lacking system.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

Hey I hope it does come out and does well it will make thoes people at Microf**k maybe sweat a little, but if it fails It will just be one more thing that d**k face bill gates will but and then rename it the Xbox 2 and as you know they are good at buying everything he can get his hands on and give himself credit

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

This piece of crap is retarded. It's a gimmick. Just some lame way for Infinium Labs to steal your money. Pay Per Play games and stuff...go to their website [url removed] and you'll see what i am talking about. This thing does not have any openings for any form of media. CD's or Cartridges, it's all downloaded to the box. Even if the graphics and power are as good as the PS2/XBOX/GC, I tell ya..thats one long download for a game eh? Cause you all know those games are not SMALL. Ahh well...Infinium Labs is waisting their time and their money with this. It's gonna live the same life as the Panasonic 3DO, it'll come out and die 2 months later.

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

The moment I read the features of this hoax (i mean console) I instantaneously knew it was a hoax. No hard facts at all, just pure marketing spin.I agree totally with Blav and all the others who I think have researched this.Complete and utter bolloxJamlidPSJust a quick question to those who are saying things like f**k Bill Gates, or MicroF***k, what are you using to send these posts? And if its a PC what operating system are you using?

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

Should be interesting. I think we should all be a little more openminded here. They might actually be onto something that is bigger than our former console developers can think. Perhaps even bigger than our former computer programmers can think. Yeah, they arent really a bunch of computer freaks making a dream machine, they are a bunch of nobodies making something. So throw them a fricken bone, for one. And Another thing, who gives a flying f**k! Well, take care everyone

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

we should be open minded. but the thing is, with the Phantom, its in no different position to the Xbox.both are new comers, cept that The Phantom would be even fresher having to battle 3 instead of two. plus, i doubt this ungeard of company has as much money as MS.so like Xbox, they have just as little consumer support, and even worse, The Phantom doesn't seem to have any good games.be open minded, but i wouldn't jump at the console.we should all wait until March to see whats really up their sleeves, as the Phantom Menace reveals itself...

Phantom Faster Than PS2, XBox and GC

I ran Infinium Labs (Phantom's so called creators) Domain Information....Here is what I gotOrganization:Steve FosterSteve Foster5380 Gulf of Mexico DriveLongboat Key, FL 34228USPhone: (877) 482-9585Fax..: (877) 482-9585Email: info@infiniumlabs.comRegistrar Name....: Register.comRegistrar Whois...: whois.register.comRegistrar Homepage: [url removed] Name: INFINIUMLABS.COMCreated on..............: Tue, Nov 19, 2002Expires on..............: Wed, Nov 19, 2003Record last updated on..: Tue, Jan 21, 2003Administrative Contact:Steve FosterSteve Foster5380 Gulf of Mexico DriveLongboat Key, FL 34228USPhone: (877) 482-9585Fax..: (877) 482-9585Email: info@infiniumlabs.comTechnical Contact:Steve FosterSteve Foster5380 Gulf of Mexico DriveLongboat Key, FL 34228USPhone: (877) 482-9585Fax..: (877) 482-9585Email: info@infiniumlabs.comZone Contact:Steve FosterSteve Foster5380 Gulf of Mexico DriveLongboat Key, FL 34228USPhone: (877) 482-9585Fax..: (877) 482-9585Email: info@infiniumlabs.com

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