The Zeebo Launches – Who would have guessed?

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About 2 months ago Nick had a bit of a lashing at the Zeebo for trying to launch in developing countries at a low cost but then requiring bandwidth to download new games over. As we all know bandwidth in places like South Africa and Brazil is far from cheap so the idea appeared to be a non starter.

Well you could imagine the surprise on my face this morning when I saw that the Zeebo had actually officially launched in Brazil this week, yes fully launched. You can go buy one now if you want.

But what about that bandwidth issue? Well the Zeebo ships with a built in 3G chip (or something of the like) which connects to the Zeebo servers wirelessly for free, no ISP required and no other charges levied. Which means when you purchase FIFA 2010 over the wire you only pay for the game and the bandwidth is never mentioned.

If anyone sees a review of the Zeebo please drop us a line, I would love to see how it actually fares.

Source: Gamasutra

Last Updated: May 29, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Wow !!! free bandwidth … and if I remember correctly it was around 2000-3000 for the console ? wonder what the games would cost…?
    When I saw this the 1st time told my Fiancé its brilliant.. just the bandwidth issue..well seems this will not be a prob any more.

    Any news on local release ?

  • Arc316

    I don’t know. Sounds dodgy. If they use 3G or GSM they have to use a service provider. If the the service providers there are like MTN and Vodacom there is no way its free.

    They can mabe use there own radio tower service like iburst but then they have to put a tower network into place.

    I would read the fine print before buying.

  • -=h4t3r=-

    What will it cost…?

    I was reading up and apparently its like $299 (~R2400), and games are like $7-$30 (~R56-R240).

  • WitWolfyZA

    Wonder what its processing power is….

  • Yarik11

    I saw a clip on a Crash Bandicoot racing game on the Zeebo… Looks exaclty like it does on my iphone

  • Wie

    Technical specifications

    * ARM11 / QDSP-5 running at 528Mhz
    * Qualcomm Adreno 130 Graphics Core
    * 1 GByte NAND Flash
    * 160 MB RAM, 128 MBytes DDR SDRAM + 32Mbyte stacked DDR SDRAM in MSM7201A
    * VGA (640 x 480) – 4:3 aspect ratio
    * 3G (scaling back to 2.5G or 2G where necessary)
    * 3 USB ports 2.0 Standard A (for accessories)
    * SD Card Slot / Interface

    * Interface: USB HID
    * Power: AC adapter 5V 3A
    * Consumption: 15 W max.
    * Graphics: 4 million triangles / second
    * Audio: 8 channels simultaneous MP3, ADPCM, MIDI
    * Resolution: 640×480
    * Size: W x D x H – 157 x 215.4 x 44 mm
    * Weight: 1.3 kg
    * Sensitivity: <- 106 dBm (in UMTS)

    Operating conditions:

    * Temperature: -20°C to 55°C (-4°F to 131°F)
    * Humidity: 95% (40°C / 104°F)

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