Oddest story of the month: Acer to enter console market

Monday, 17th March 2008 06:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt


This has to be “confused”. According to this, Acer has announced that it’s planning to launch an open-license console platform. The news comes from a German press conference, where SVP James Wong “accidentally” revealed plans for the machine. Roughly translated from here:

The Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Acer plans to enter into the console market. This communicated the senior Vice President, James T. Wong, on a press conference. Most current consoles are closed and proprietary systems, which machine” on PC technology based “game machine”; from Acer is to set against it on open standards. This could mean that game developers would not have to pay license fees for the publication of plays on this system.

Please let this be true. And please let Acer call it “Phantom II”.

Update: Taken from here:

NEW YORK CITY (BetaNews) – Right now, the Acer brand name is still equated with PC notebooks only, despite Acer’s acquisition of Gateway. But in an interview with BetaNews at its press event on Wednesday, Acer’s senior vice president, James T. Wong, said that his company has a game machine in mind, and that it will be based on “open standards.”

“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,” he told BetaNews.

Wong said that, beyond “openness,” all of the Acer-branded systems being eyed right now, including the game machine, are envisioned as offering new and innovative form factors and applications.

In addition to its future Acer-branded desktop PCs, however, Acer will also provide desktop systems under the Gateway name, as well as under the eMachines and Packard Bell brands inherited through the Gateway buyout, according to the senior VP. The Acer, Gateway, eMachines, and Packard Bell desktop systems will each incorporate two separate line-ups, one for consumers and the other for SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses), he said.

During a press conference attended by BetaNews earlier on Wednesday, which focused mainly on Acer’s notebook PC products and strategy, officials cited Gateway’s expertise in desktop systems as a big reason for buying that company.

But Wong told BetaNews that Acer had already been making desktop PCs for other vendors, anyway, with desktop systems constituting some 30 percent of Acer’s huge OEM business.

Acer, though, will not be offering either desktop or notebook PCs geared to enterprise use, at least for now, according to the executive.

“You need different kinds of resources for [enterprise systems], and we don’t have those kinds of resources right now,” he told BetaNews.




    Maybe they should team up with SEGA!

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    If I had straplines on here, this one would have been, “Just don’t”.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. kasai

    Personally I welcome the idea of an open console but I don’t think many people like the Acer brand let alone know about Acer.

    Consoles should be open its getting tiring to find the game you wanted to play suddenly became a exclussive to another machine.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    I think this type of machine would find it extremely difficult to find any traction in a market saturated with marketing from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. pjmaybe

    If this console is anything like the build quality of the average Acer notebook, the 360 will have some serious competition…in the unreliability stakes!

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    That’s just unfair. My Acer laptop lasted for literally months before all the USB ports broke and it nearly melted every 10 minutes.

    #6 7 years ago

    I had an Acer laptop, and apart from the battery life I can’t say that I had any problems with it at all.

    but then it was a P4 3GHz, which I can’t imagine being very battery efficient anyway.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. patlike

    I had mine ages ago. I’m sure they’re better now.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. kasai

    this post was brought to you by a Acer 5052 laptop

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Daniel Plainview

    this is guaranteed not to fail (or ever exist).

    #10 7 years ago
  11. patlike

    Yep. Sounds bonkers to me.

    #11 7 years ago

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