viernes, 5 de septiembre de 2008

Tectoy trabaja en Genie una nueva consola basada en móviles

Tectoy , la compañía brasileña conocida por sus trabajos en Megadrive sacando consolas y juegos licenciados lleva trabajando desde no hace mucho en una nueva consola que usará juegos al estilo de los que aparecen en móviles actuales. Los juegos se podrán comprar y descargar desde la propia consola. Lo mejor es que todos los juegos existentes ya en todas las plataformas de móviles como son: J2ME, DoJa, Brew, EGE, Symbian, Pocket PC, Smartphone etc... se podrán jugar en esta consola. Lo que no se dice es si las aplicaciones tales como emuladores y demás también funcionarán.

Esta es la noticia:


An astute SMS Power forumgoer noted a Brazilian news article linking to a patent filed with the European patent office by Brazil's Sega licensor Tec Toy. The patent covers a "System for using electronic device and the electronic device." This is essentially a game console. So what kind? The closest idea is the Phantom, but the Phantom, if done right, would actually have been pretty ok.

The system described here is a home console that is connected to a television or display, but uses mobile phone technology to run the games, and also to purchase and download games and content (to quote the filing: "Internet navigation, news, virtual communities, movies, music, etc"). The patent goes on to say that while it's using the model of mobile phones, it is not necessarily using the same networks. Naturally, it will include memory for storing these downloaded games and content. There will be a Joypad (good thing), and it actually supports existing mobile development platforms so that existing mobile games can be played on it - platforms such as J2ME, DoJa, Brew, EGE, Symbian, Pocket PC, Smartphone, etc. The patent also mentions the requisite pack-in games. It says there "could be" some games packed in with the hardware, which would be free of charge. Additional games will be available by digital download only, but could also be stored on memory cards or pen drives. It also seems you would be able to download and pay via your phone, if all goes well.

The aforementioned Brazilian article, translated by niloct on the SMS Power forums, sheds more light on the subject. Apparently the system is code-named "Jeanie," and Tec Toy marketing manager André Faure reportedly said that it could turn into several products, and that the project is much larger than the patent. The patent was filed in December 2007, and Faure says parts of the project are "on 2008's horizons." Also, in February, Tec Toy sold 42.5% of its American business to Qualcomm, maker of mobile chips and wireless technology, which would also be the console's tech developer.

I personally wonder what will come of the Sega connection, if anything. Will we just get standard mobile games, or will the Master System library be downloadable? And what of regions? If the system could run the Japanese platforms, could I purchase the Valis games? I'm very curious to see how this will pan out. Thanks to Frank for pointing me to the thread in the first place.

Update: The console is actually called Genie, not Jeanie!


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