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CNET News.com: Game machines tackle new jobs

May 20, 2001, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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This article is a broad overview of the state of game boxes such as the XBox, Nintendo GameCube, and the Sony Playstation2. It also includes some insight on plans for the Linux-based Nokia MediaTerminal, which it calls a resurgence of the convergence pitch.

According to the article, Nokia's aiming its product at an audience that isn't classifiable as hardcore gamers, or "power Internet users."

"The selling point is really the convergence argument," [Nokia Product Manager Romulo Pinheiro]. "Look at all the products you'd have to own to get the functionality we're offering--a DVD player, a video recorder, a game console, a Web appliance. And none of them are integrated; they're not made to work together easily."

Which makes the question similar to the one raised by Indrema's failure: is this a quixotic but ill-fated attempt to crack a market dominated by a pair of giants (Sony and Nintendo), with a third giant (Microsoft) interested in getting its piece of the pie? Or is there room for another player with a carefully selected niche?

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