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Acer Planning To Join Console Market?

As everyone knows, the console race consists of three competitors, with one entry each from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. However, there is now the possibility a fourth competitor will enter the mix, provided a recent BetaNews story is accurate.

Supposedly, a senior official at Acer (the Taiwan-based company that specializes in PC notebooks) told BetaNews they are thinking about producing a "PC-based game machine." Furthermore, according to Acer's senior vice president, James T. Wong, this game machine would operate off an "open standard" philosophy, in contrast to the "closed" systems (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii).

"If you look at most of the other game machines that are out there right now -- Nintendo's, the Xbox -- they are 'closed' and proprietary systems," said Wong. He went on to say that all Acer-branded systems from here on out - including this game machine - are considering a new style that offers "new and innovative form factors and applications." Now, we don't believe tackling the Big 3 is a good idea, but if Acer takes a new approach to the gaming platform as we know it, they might just have a chance...

Whenever we learn more about this plan to create a new gaming machine, we'll be sure to let you know. Just bear in mind that Acer did not necessarily confirm they are making a video game system; it's just an idea. Sure is an interesting one, though!

3/16/2008 Ben Dutka

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Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 4:22:32 AM

"new approaches" have often had problems. The Phantom, Dreamcast, Megadrive CD, just a few examples of consoles with great new approaches but didn't really make it.
It's not getting a new approach that's what gamers want so much as a good gaming experience. So trying something radically new is not usually a good idea as it takes time to perfect it.
It may be good news for us gamers though, as the other console makers can learn from it and the advances made here maybe seen later in a workable form. You may notice that pattern in my little list of not so good innovation consoles.

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