Acer not making console: “James Wong was wrongly interpreted”

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 20 March 2008 17:18 GMT

Acer has just confirmed to videogaming247 that a story that broke earlier this week – claiming that Taiwanese laptop manufacturer Acer was planning to release an open-license games console – is based on misinterpreted quotes and is incorrect.

“That was a major misunderstanding as JT [James T Wong, Acer’s senior VP – Ed] was wrongly interpreted,” said a UK spokesperson for the firm. “Acer is not going to release any game console but the idea is to develop a high-end PC (so not a console) targeted at the serious gamer.”

The original story, here, said:

“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,” [Wong] 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.

The “games machine” in question, we now know, is a top spec PC. Not a games console. Glad we cleared that up.

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