New gaming console: Zeebo

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Veho, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    "Search" function says this hasn't been mentioned yet. Don't blame me if you've seen this before.


    "Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo may dominate the global market for video games, but they don't rule in every corner of the world. The extremely high cost of new video game consoles and games in Brazil has led to unusual market conditions in that emerging country – and a potential market for video game hardware makers. Due to high import taxes, new consoles like the Playstation 3 regularly fetch in excess of $1000 USD in Brazil. However, an intrepid Brazilian company called Tectoy hopes to capture a portion of the young, casual gaming market in Brazil with the launch of their Zeebo home console. This innovative piece of hardware presents the first credible challenge to the popularity of the other big three manufacturers, and lights the way toward other potential opportunities in markets south of the equator."

    "Under the hood, the Zeebo is no slouch, especially considering that it is aimed at a younger, more casual audience. This is definitely not one of those cheap retro devices that come with pre-loaded games and plug directly into the TV. The Zeebo packs an ARM 11 main processor clocked at 400 MHz and a second ARM 9 Graphics chip clocked at 274 MHz. With this hardware, the Zeebo should be able to compete favorably with the Playstation 2 in terms of raw power.

    Interestingly, the Zeebo does not use optical media of any kind. Instead, games are downloaded over a free 3G wireless connection and can be stored on 1 GB of internal flash memory inside the console. The machine also has an SD card port for game saves and other uses."

    # Controller Interface: USB
    # Power Consumption: 15 W max.
    # Main CPU: ARM 11 @ 400 MHz
    # Graphics CPU: ARM 9 @ 274 MHz
    # 3D Graphics rendering speed: 1.6 million polygons / second
    # Audio: 8 channel MP3, ADPCM, MIDI
    # Resolution: 640x480 (480p)
    # Dimensions: 157 x 215.4 x 44 mm
    # Weight: 1.3kg
    # Noise Output: Less than 106 dBm.

    Tectoy will offer a mixture of older licensed games and new intellectual properties for download over its online service. Through a licensing agreement with Western and Japanese publishers, the company will be able to offer older games for download at reasonable prices ($8-$10). Some of the games that will be available at launch include Need for Speed Carbon and the original PC game Quake. Tectoy also promises more casual fare such as generic sports titles and a Brain Training clone. With its competent graphics processor, the Zeebo could have a future as a retro gaming powerhouse, since it would be able to eat oldschool arcade platformers and fighting games for breakfast.


    Wikipedia article.

    Thoughts: This seems like a potentially good homebrew platform. The specs aren't bad. The 3G is definitely a plus. Maybe it could be turned into a HTPC, or if they slap a Linux with an easy GUI on it it could be a whole PC for the less demanding crowd. Provided it's crackable.
  2. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

    Jan 14, 2006
    I've been discussing about this with some friends since last week.. The 3G idea is great, and the download only thing keeps it piracy safe. Not to me mention games are cheap, 10 and 20BRL, for comparison, a pirated PS2 game on the streets is usually 10BRL, a original PS2/Wii/360/PS3 retail game is between 150 - 250 BRL.

    TecToy was SEGA's representative over here (I think it still is), like iQue is to Nintendo on China, during the Master System and Mega Drive times.. they released some official translations to SEGA games (Phantasy Star 2 for instance) and even some made some obscure ports that are exclusive to Brazil (a Master System port of Street Fighter 2 and a Mega Drive version of Duke Nukem 3D are the most famous ones).

    The console will be released on China, Russia, India and other emerging countries, that's what they're aiming at.
  3. Trolly

    Trolly GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Sep 14, 2007
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    Interesting, some cool ideas there. The only concern I would have is lack of support with titles and such. Plus 1GB of internal memory isn't much, you'd probably get through a fair few SD cards.
    Still, the whole free connection thing is win win.
  4. UltraMagnus

    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

    Aug 2, 2007
    so, I guess this won't see much outside brazil?

    anyway, is it cracked yet?
  5. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Anti Switch Owners

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    Apr 18, 2008
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    Wow putting 3G on it is genius, people can still buy the games even without a net connection!
  6. BORTZ

    BORTZ Tired of being the good guy

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    This looks interesting. The 3G is a good idea, but 1gb is a low storage space. Well hooray for more SD cards. To be a n00b, is it SDHC compatable?
  7. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Offhand, I'd say it is.
  8. shadow1w2

    shadow1w2 Still here.

    Mar 16, 2004
    United States
    Wow, nothing but great ideas.
    I hope it does well.
    Would love to see it make it state side one day.

    The gamepad is a little bit of a Wii Classic controller rip-off but thats cool.
    The D-pad looks like it sticks up a bit more than it should in the center though.
    Might just be the lighting, but beyond that it looks good.

    I'll be watching this one.
  9. Anakir

    Anakir Project: Melee

    Dec 20, 2006
    Nice to see more consoles. I hope this idea becomes successful so it can expand and add more game varieties in this world.
  10. Ferrariman

    Ferrariman Hip-Flop and cRap

    Dec 9, 2007
    Would be cool if it had a hard-drive/ better third-party support. 3G is genius. GENIUS.
  11. science

    science science rules

    Jun 9, 2006
    This is cool, good for them. I really hope this console succeeds!
  12. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    United States
    Southern California
    neat idea. but only 1 GB for games?
  13. R2DJ

    R2DJ GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 30, 2008
    Looks neat and I lol'ed at the fact that it beat the Wii in terms of internal storage space. Will the Zeebo use 3G for online play as well (if it will have online play)?

    Indeed, I hope they succeed.

    *goes to search for YouTube clips of Zeebo in action*
  14. Dark

    Dark GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 6, 2008
    United States
    Looks like PSP graphics [​IMG] Or a little better or a little wrost. The video looks really bad.(The camra made the video look horrible). Heres is something I saw someone wrote on youtube
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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