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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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psplayer
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 10:06:57 PM
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Hmmm interesting...

Sounds like a good idea I suppose, but aren't their PCs kind of.. crappy?

My sister has always had problems with hers.

Definitely looking to how this will turn out.

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Warukyure [Power User]
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 11:28:35 PM
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I think its gonna flop, unless they pay a large sum for 3rd parties to make games. Because I don't really see them forming 1st party studios.

Like the PS3 learned the hard way, if you don't have 1st party games to push the console, the 3rd parties won't really jump onto the bandwagon.

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Reccaman18
Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 7:43:27 AM
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How exactly do they plan on making an "open" console? What, are the other games featured on the Wii, 360, and PS3 going to be played on this one? Cause thats what I'm getting from this. Well, in any case, it wont work. Its too late this gen, and I don't see them making a big splash at all in any gen.

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bamf
Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 9:14:41 AM
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I bet all they come out with is a gaming laptop with similar specs to dell xps. Acer laptops are crappy.

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Mystearica
Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 9:29:39 AM
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Hmmm - their products aren't great... and there are already 3 consoles (not talking about the hand-held ones) out there. Sry but I dun see this working! The PS3 had a hard time getting third party support 'cause of costs, amount of PS3s sold and other production issues... so unless Acer wants to be a stand-alone "console" I dun see it working

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K Phantom
Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 7:04:04 PM
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My laptop is Acer and my 22" Monitor is Acer, but dont get it me wrong, SONY is my company and I'm sticking to it. Acer should pace themselves cuz they just cannot compete with the big names of SONY and Microsoft, Nintendo is fading slowly anyway.

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BlinkBoy
Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 7:48:13 PM
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Just how are they going to gain ground to play on, it must be really mind blowing system to step in to this console war. Microsoft took a blow with their Xbox, but they have money to back up their console. I don't think Acer is as capable, if they start to struggle they might call it quits very fast.

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PaiNT_kinG
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 12:23:21 AM
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acer who,wtf is an acer

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