China's first home grown console hit China late last month. But the console was incredibly hard to find. This wasn't because it was flying off shelves. It was because nobody had heard of it.
The iSec, Lenovo's home game console, was supposed to be out this fall. According to Chinese reports, it will get a limited release this December in the Mainland. Previously called the eBox, the iSec has Kinect-style controls and will cost 3,000 yuan (US$470).
China is closed off to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo's consoles, meaning the first console available for sale in that country - aside from the knockoffs, of course - will be home grown. Today the iSec, renamed from the "eBox" announced last year, was unveiled.
With the "eBox", China already has a Kinect-like motion sensing controller. And apparently, the country is also getting a totally different motion-sensing-controlled PC game. If only there was more to go on than some lady waving her hands around.
This year, China is releasing a new controller-free gaming console. New for China, that is, as the world already played this when it was called Kinect.
While Leveno moves forward with its version of Kinect, China Telecom showed its version of the Nintendo Wii. And did it with Xbox 360-esque green and white.
The eBox is a Chinese game machine that offers players a controller-free experience. Sound familiar?
Lenovo this week kicked off a second round of fundraising as it gears up work on a new game console it hopes to launch in China early next year, according to Reuters.
Microsoft is releasing a controller-free system called Kinect. So is Beijing eedoo Technology Ltd., a spin-off company created by Chinese computer giant Lenovo. It's called the eBox. Watch out, Microsoft!