Brazilian company TecToy announced a new console yesterday named Zeebo, which is aimed at the middle class, according to TecToy's director and president, Fernando Fischer. Priced at $599 in Brazil (which works out to $299 US), the Zeebo boasts one very special perk, which is the ability to download all games for the system via a 3G network at no additional cost for the connectivity (the games, however, you will have to pay for).
The games we know will be available on it include the mobile game Action Hero 3D, Evil Prey, and Quake. I know those titles don't come close to comparing to what we are currently enjoying on our PS3s and 360s, but Zeebo is not trying to compete with those systems, instead targeting what they call the"emerging" game market, meaning people who cannot averagely afford pricey hardware and games.
The Zeebo will launch in Brazil with four games installed and plans to have over 50 titles by the end of 2009. Games are slated to retail between $10-$30 apiece (US equivalent) and also aim to cut down on piracy, since the original games cannot be copied.
I know you are thinking that this sounds old and boring, but considering that in a lot of parts of South America, internet is not readily available, the idea of having it all the time for free built into your console is a big deal. This is cool for Brazil -- I hope that TecToy sees success with it.
[Via Folha Online]