Phantom Specs Unveiled

Sundays unveiling of the Phantom console produced some interesting specs and lots of details on the upcoming console. A 3 GHz processor, the latest nVidia chip and 7.1 sound just some of the features announced. In an interview with Gigex, David Frederick of Infinium Labs gave some information away, including a possible price for the console, subscription and games as well as an expected release date.

On the feedback (including the Vaporware comments) the company has had since they announced Phantom, in March and on the preloaded titles each unit will carry, Frederick said ... we will be releasing details on many of the titles at COMDEX [November 17-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada] where people can see what the Phantom is. The interesting thing is we let the cat out of the bag back around March and the response was just overwhelming, we have just created so much demand and interest, in fact so much so that we see comments like, "It's not real, it's vaporware." I can tell you, it's not vaporware, its real and it's coming very soon.

So this is kind of the first controlled release of the product, and for the first time ever we will introduce the world to the Phantom. All the stuff that people have been clamoring, and that's kind of the first phase of "shock and awe," so to speak. Then at COMDEX we will have the beta units so folks will be able to test drive, touch and feel the Phantom console. In the early fourth quarter, beta units should be going out and that will lead into the first quarter release.

When we put out a call for beta testers for Phantom, we received over forty-thousand applications for beta testers and we're in the process of weeding them all out. We can't ship out forty-thousand units for beta testing purposes only, but we will weed them down and ship the final testers everything they need.

On the pricing of the console, the service and the games Fredricks had the following to say Phantom will be below USD 399 and the VPGN should hit at USD 9.95 per month. The Phantom will come with preloaded games in the box so, literally, no pun intended, you'll be able to play right out of the box.

The titles themselves will have a price range from USD 2.99 to USD 50, it depends on the type of game and the release. It does vary from game to game, but we are able to offer the game at a much more affordable rate because there's not the package, not the shelf space, typical retail expenses like that.

In the same interview Fredricks surprised many by claiming that the console will be sold only through Phantom.net and the company's broadband partners, while no retailers had, at this point, been confirmed. Phantom is expected during Q1, 2004.

Finally on the specs of the console Fredricks commented, When Phantom is delivered in the first quarter of 2004, it will be the fastest, most powerful game console on the market and in the world. The baseline unit, the basic Phantom will come with a 100GB hard drive, 256MB DDR RAM, the latest iteration of the nVidia video card, a broadband modem depending on if you want a DSL or cable modem and any peripherals you would want included. Then there's an enhanced version of Phantom where everything is top end, memory is blown out. In between those two things, we will allow customers who can customize their units exactly how they want their Phantom to be built. So if they want more memory or a bigger hard drive or a WiFi modem, they can do that.

Now, going back to what you said about stacking up against the upcoming consoles, there is a program we have called Phantom For Life. Here, users of Phantom For Life will always have the next iteration of Phantom hardware while, on the software side, when you connect to the VPGN all your software and performance upgrades can be done automatically. I hate using terms like non-obsolescence, but that really is the model we've implemented by not only taking advantage of technology, but also on the broadband side we can help keep the Phantom at the leading edge.

The full Phantom specs were announced as follows:

Phantom Standard Components

- Custom OS on Windows XPe kernel
- Up to 3.0 GHz processor with 256MB DDR RAM
- High-performance nVidia video card
- High-performance Intel motherboard
- Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound
- 100+ Gigabyte internal storage device
- On-board RF wireless modules
- S-Video, RCA or component video and PAL
- 10/100 baseT Ethernet
- 1 wireless controller
- Wireless keyboard and mouse
- 2 USB ports
- 4 controller ports
- 12' Port Extension Cable

Phantom Optional Components</>

- Controllers, wireless and corded
- Keyboard and mouse with charging base station
- Storage expansion for additional game storage
- DSL modem
- Cable modem
- Wireless WIFI card
- Memory upgrades
- Speaker sets
- Flat screen displays

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Phantom Specs Unveiled

Wow it's a computer... It's just a damn computer. And with the upgradeability... i thought that consoles were suppose to eliminate the whole upgrading thing. And the price is gonna be way too much. Somewhere just under $400, plus $10/month and you still have to pay for the games. Not to mention you need a highspeed connection to get the games. This will more than likely fail.

Phantom Specs Unveiled

Tihs is very interesting: a console with upgradability. the reason Halo 2's graphics look so good an a 733MHz proc with 128MB RAM(?, I forgot the xbox specs) is cause the game is designed for that system, that proc, that GPU, etc. so will phantom games have options to set graphics and stuff or will it automaticly detect ure hardware and configure itself for that? and how do u upgrade it? does it use AGP or PCI cards? can you install PC games you already own? or utilities? And since its a PC, can u overclock it? its even more of a PC than the Xbox is. but everyone complained when xbox was released, but it worked and its doing great (better than GCN anyway). this will be very interesting.also, who wouldn't want a high end 3GHz PC for $400? sounds like a good deal to me!

Phantom Specs Unveiled

This is not even a console. It's a god dam PC. The system has 3ghz, 256ddr, a 100gigabytes and a customized nvidia gpu and a supporting 7.1 surrond sound and only for 400?. I think not, so heres the ketch, Your gonna have to pay $400 for the system, then 10/month to stay connected then extra money for the games and then you gotta pay for broadband connection and then the games you download will be 500megs and up and that takes a while even on broadband connection. If you ask me, this system sounds like a waste of money and time. Also, this system doesnt sound like it has 3rd party devolopers support except for a few. This system costs way too much just to keep it running and who knows how long it will last when we already have PS2, Xbox and GC. I'm sorry but theres no room for anybody else.

Phantom Specs Unveiled

you people are so stuck on yourselves, like waht lonewolf said, look at the xbox and the graphic with its shotty processor and ram and roughly a gf3 and 40 gig hd then you got a phantom with a 3ghz proc, 256 DDR and gffx and 100+ gig hd all for barely under 400 dollars, i tell you this thing will succeed, i remember the days of the jaguar, that system was awesome, in fact the reason it didnt succed was bc it was bought out by nintendo, so the peole at atari became rather rich and didnt even have to sell that many consoles, beware console fanboys this is the way of the future!!

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i got two words for you hall yeai dolt know why the hall some putheads out there are con artest thats what they are you hear the your con artest you havent even put a finger on it and you say it sucks will talk a but a ????? cant even thank of words to say abot that ok let lay down the facks ask your self the qustionshow offen do you buy a game?how much do you pay for it?do you ever buy a game thats got bugs?show what do you do about that?go buy the same game mouths latter?or do you just say the hell with it all get a nother game?i could go on and on!!!!bla bla bla bla you but heads out there every herd the saying dolt juge a book buy it cover?right know your saying? bla bla lkd keid dame ass mo fou well lafe it up becasue when it got 100 games to play on my phantom im going to be the one lafingso you think the price is a lettel high willdo you have board band already got road runner wello or dos you cheep ass have naver on line like aol dial up aol as i like to call ao hall :) lolso what if its a pc think about how much just a cpu cost like the 3ghz 800fsb cpu comeon know and all the other good stuff i mean be real know the bad thing is you well become a gameing nerd playing all the time 24 7 7 days a week speping mells ok ill stop there lol im over doing it a bit the only con is i dolt know for fact but every ones saying its got a gpu and not a vpu a vpu is the same as a gpu but much batter chip that just got so good were like in cgi age you know those movie clips i could just keep typeing but im not so just think about it or dolt the for those of you that jump out and same it a dame pcit my be but a pc for $400 ..... think for know seeaaaaa yaaaaaaae for the good guy wuze zaeaaaaaaaap

Phantom Specs Unveiled

Ha ha ha ha ... LOL... silly lonewolf... ha ha...You wont be able to use your games... NONE OF THEM... IT has NO, let me say it again, NO drive bay... the thing ONLY gets games FROM THE PHANTOM SERVER... you wont be able to get your PC games on it... maybe with a hack... but that would VOID your console... so you wont even be able to get games true their service...SO... sorry... but... ha ha...if they do go... I hope that for that 9.95 or whatever they charge will be enough to guaranty free games... since, there are free games over the net, the proper thing is to keep them somewhat free... I mean they charge for the service... and the comercial games... so those shareware an freeware must be accessible... sadly you will need to pay to get access to their server... but... they wont cost extra (for you morons, not more than the amount, already not so good 9 something, that they will charge for their DDEDICATED server)... BUT... why even bother... for free games... na... and on such a console... ha ha... yea...

Phantom Specs Unveiled

I have already have decided, I am going to buy this console. I think you people are frickin retarded; how much does geforce fx cost? how much does 256 ddr ram cost? how much does a 100 gig harddrive cost? how much does a high end motherboard cost?Well, I know if you adverage it out, that is somewhere over a $3000 alienware computer. Ever heard of modding? Well, since this is a great deal, I mean a console less expense then the graphics card... I am going to buy it, then take out all the pieces and put it in a $100 Walmart peice of junk. Then, I can visit the site again and tell you how perfect Doom 3 looks better on my computer than the Xbox.Later, BxB

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im not impressed....mabey for a hacked console/puter. The whole pay for sever accesss....then buy games....that you dont accually have a hard copy of...just F**kin p**ses me off. Dont care what they sell it as....3ghz proc and a premium intel MB with graphics that make you so hard you could drive a nail......THAT aint the point. The point is...what is my point? oh yeah...the point is...stop charging for shit that, before the .com bomb and 9-11, was virtually free. ITS A FREAKING SERVER...A BOX IN AN OFFICE THAT SITS THERE!!! 10 bucks a month???? ya s**tin me. There is NO expense. If someone has told you there is....yer a sucker. My advice...wait 3 months...then buy one after a hack comes out....then you'll have a PC that will run the games you acually HAVE a copy of and from what they claim....a descent PC at that :) hehe

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BUT....i am interested to see what games are bundled with it. and what thier policy will be when the harddrive is full. Will i have to pay for the game again if i have to delete it to make room? 100gb isnt alot now-a-days with games weighting in at 3gb a pop. Im intrigued...but still not impressed

Phantom Specs Unveiled

People who play PSO, EverCrack, and the other MMoRPG pay about 10 or more per month, plus net fees so this isn't so bad.With all the power in this bad boy, that would mean the games you'll being playing on it would require it. I mean why would they make you play a second rate super mario on a 3ghz machine? They get a deal with some third party developers and this thing could go big.If it all fails and they only have shitty games, just strip the bitch for parts, or get linux on it; it's got 2 usb ports (mouse and keyboard hehe).I'll might get it, then find a way to store all my porn on the harddrive.

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LOL! This machine is amazing!3 Ghz, 100 gb HD, 256 mb ram, good nvidia card (please not GF4 mx) and even wireless controllers! This machine is gonna rock!Ive never bought a console before, but if this one get some good games, its gonna rule.But its not gonna be cheap...

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kinda odd too...latest nvidia graphics they claim...when by the acounts of MG MS is going with ATI for the next gen XBOX. Wonder what happen first the ATI or the Nvidia. MS has been notorious for banning suppliers from thier list for supplying competitors. Did i start a rumor thread.....sorry...my bad. Does make ya wonder tho.

Phantom Specs Unveiled

this is gay,, it would be cool if it had a drive bay,(i rhymed)where i live high speed is way too xpensive,and if i had it id get billed 30$ per meg after i xcede my 250 meg limit,, and i dont think i would want to dload games with a 56k modem speed, but that doesnt matter anyway cause cause it only supports broadband,, i dont like it only because of the rules of the modem, and i also dont like paying monthly for online gaming,(im not a phucking money machine)

Phantom Specs Unveiled

How about this:Imagine you could upgrade the memory.Imagine you could upgrade the hard disk & install windows which I assume will certainly be possible with all the modders around nowadays.Now add a keyboard & mouse and you have a $400 top of the f**king range PC! Doom3 or HL2 anyone? Cause you can count me in if that's the case!

Phantom Specs Unveiled

this is bullshit. This is gonna suck my money faster than a hooker sucks (um, its totally gaytheres no chance im gonna buy it, though it'll probably do well in seattle and parts of europe

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What do you actually think that u will be able to use the parts, lol Youve gotta be joking. Hallf of the stuff in this console will be soldered together and in a different format. You wont be able to pull the vid card out, or any part they will all be different connections to stop that. Plus who wants this peice of shit anyway not me.

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This is gonna be by far the most fuked up console eva to hit the fuken market from sum fukin company ive neva even fuken heard of! Mutha Fukez dont know wat the fukin world is gonna do about dis shit! They goin down!

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this thing plays pc games, is made interilly out of current PC available components, and hasnt even got static spechs, so the developers wont make phantom specific software that completely explores the machine, cuz there will be phantoms with different configurations.I think ill stick w/ my pc

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All that in such a hype price? They call that a console? Please...I can use all that hardware and install them in my PC and STILL got the price cheaper than that!!! They can't tell a difference a console and a

Phantom Specs Unveiled

this is dumb, a good pc will still cost less than this thing, unless you dont buy any games for it and dont pay the monthly feelets see, 2 games a month for about $50, thats $1200 (more/less for some peeps), plus $120 a year for service, plus $400 for the console and you got $1720 already in just the first year, you can get a much better pc than this thing for that amount (unless you're an idiot and buy built computers)plus, thy may not even let you play the games youve downloaded if you dont pay for the monthly service, that would suck....this

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by the time this comes out a pc with the exact same speed parts will cost just slightly more than the consoleplus they'll allow you to upgrade it? that sounds like hardware compatibility problems to me, do you like blue screens/buggy graphics on a console?

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