First Ever Chinese-Developed Gaming Console Unveiled
China has long forbade foreign-made gaming consoles inside their borders. The lone exception has been Nintendo, who released a China-only console that largely tanked in the previous decade. This policy naturally led to the proliferation of numerous knock-offs, but has mostly resulted in a booming online gaming culture. It’s now more unlikely than ever that China will allow outside companies to peddle their wares for the foreseeable future; Beijing-based electronics company eedoo Technology announced on May 7 the development of a Lenovo-backed (Lenovo is eedoo’s primary investor) gaming console called the iSec which will be available exclusively in China.
The exact specs for this new console have not been made public. However, it is confirmed that the iSec (short for Sports Entertainment Center) willl be primarily a motion-based system similar to Xbox 360′s Kinect. eedoo ECO Jack Luo described iSec as primarily a family-gaming system, with an emphasis on group-play and exercise games. He also managed to douse the interest of western gamers in Friday’s announcement. They won’t begin to consider development for international gamers until they sell at least a million copies. Take these factors into account and it’s clear the Chinese government has had a lot of input into iSec’s development.
No word on the cost, other than that it will be pricier than Wii but less expensive than Xbox 360. Since they expect it will take at least 3 years to pass the million-sales mark, it’s likely we won’t get our hands on anything but bootlegs until at least 2014. We also expect Apple isn’t going to take too kindly to another company making use of ‘i’-branding, and the lawsuits we wildly speculate are likely would further delay introduction to the west. Either way, we’ll keep you informed as more information becomes available.