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First Phantom Images, Pricing Details

Posted 5/10/04

Infinium Labs president Kevin Bachus recently met with GameDaily to dish more details on the company's Phantom Gaming Service.

While Infinium will officially unveil the game machine and its pricing structure later this week at the E3Expo, GameDaily already has that information inside for you.

Let's begin with the pricing of the hardware. Calling it, "Something we had to do," Bachus told GameDaily that the Phantom hardware will be—in essence—free though consumers who opt for the hardware will need to sign up for the Phantom Gaming Service, the medium which will deliver rented and purchased games, along with demos, to the console.

Images of The Phantom and its peripherals appear below this article. As you can see, the device is quite stealthy looking, though apparently it's still a little bigger than Bachus would have liked. Trust us, the ex-Xbox officer has already heard every joke there is about the size of the Microsoft console.

The integrated keyboard and mouse set up appears rather innovative, with a hinged element on the keyboard that will allow the mouse to be used underneath the keyboard. Such a setup is designed to allow for both controls to fit easily into the lap of a gamer.

The Phantom's on-screen display will be skin-able, while also offering the ability to provide different permissions to each user of the Phantom in a household. This will allow parents to wield control over the purchasing of games online.

Infinium Labs plans on launching the device on November 18. Bachus compared the Phantom Gaming Service to cable television, in that users can opt to subscribe to a basic service—which will net them access to a certain amount of games-or select a higher tier. Higher tiers will cost more, but will offer a wider selection of games.

Bachus reflected back to January of this year, when he joined Infinium Labs. At the time the company was-while maybe not a laughingstock in the industry—certainly looked at with a curious eye, by both industry insiders and consumers alike. Bachus stated that when he started with Infinium, "I came in and put a halt to the process and reworked everything, and flipped the usual process on its ear."

He continued, "With Xbox, we went to the publishers first. With this company, I felt we hadn't earned the right to do that."

Now, Bachus must feel he does have that right. Talking to publishers directly, Bachus said, "Give us a gold master and we'll send you checks."

Will retailers be left out of the Phantom loop? Not at all says Bachus, who called retail a "critical component" of the Phantom. Infinium will award retailers who "sell" the Phantom a cut of the system's revenue subscription revenues. "It's an opportunity (for retailers) to participate in ongoing, recurring revenue."

Bachus did add though, "From a publisher's standpoint, we (Infinium) are a retailer." A retailer that does not have to about things like reserves or price protection.

Other business segments Bachus sees helping the spread of the Phantom are broadband providers ("they love stickiness") and the hospitality market (hotel chains etc…).

GameDaily asked if new games would be able to be launched on the Phantom Gaming Service day and date with traditional brick and mortar outlets. Bachus replied, "Absolutely."

As with any online-based business, Infinium is concerned about protecting its IP and its consumers. To that end, Bachus and Infinium have hired Andrew Huang, the MIT grad student who gained fame for hacking the Xbox. Bachus says the number one priority in security on the Phantom is to eliminate the spoofing of identities on the service.

The Phantom will be in display at E3 in booth #746 of the South Hall. Just as a warning, not all of the games seen running on the device at the trade show will necessarily be issued via the Phantom Gaming Service. As Bachus explained, Infinium temporarily partnered with some developers and publishers just for the show, in order to show the Phantom in action.

Those who do "purchase" a Phantom will be able to play (depending on the title) against their PC counterparts. Bachus also thinks the Phantom will be, "A fantastic platform for massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG)."

One last note on the service, Bachus indicated that after players purchase or rent a game, the Phantom Gaming Service, "Will give you exactly what you need to get up and playing as fast as possible, using cache."

Full hardware details for the Phantom were not provided at the time this story was written, but among the planned features will be a 40GB hard drive and a 128MB graphic controller.

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.::: Well this looks interesting... Somewhat...

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It does, and set up for someone left handed with no switcharound

how so? most use the mouse with their right hand! sure the keyboard is for the left hand if using both at once but we all do that anyway!

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It looks like the keyboard could well swivel 180 degrees anyway so that would suit left handed people. The mouse is a 2 button generic which kinda sucks, but it's shaped for either hand.

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It looks nothing like what a games machine should look like (crap).

what should a games machine look like then? i didn't realise there were rules. ;)

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The word "Phantom" looks photoshopped on. Why would they do that, eh?

How many times are people going to fall for this shit?

It looks like the worst thing ever.

But...but...they've whited the WASD key's. They're quite obviously h4rdc0r3.

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The Phantom will be in display at E3 in booth #746 of the South Hall. Just as a warning, not all of the games seen running on the device at the trade show will necessarily be issued via the Phantom Gaming Service. As Bachus explained, Infinium temporarily partnered with some developers and publishers just for the show, in order to show the Phantom in action.

I didn't think that this whole Phantom thing could get any dodgier.

They haven't decided on specs yet either.

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One controller port.

Count 'em.

And the controller's a keyboard and mouse combo.

It's CDTV 2, folks.

I thought there was something about the pads daisy-chaining, like the old MS Sidewinder pads? Did Jaguar do that too?

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Erm, why should we get this rather than a PC? Can you put the keyboard and mouse on your lap. This looks well crap to be honest.

Err.. I don't know.. maybe coz it'll be free*. Well, shitloads less than a PC anyway.

*Free in the way Sky TV set top boxes are free.

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