Phantom Announces (Sort Of) Release Date
from the more-info,-please... dept
Last week we wrote about how the mysterious "Phantom" gaming console looked like quite a bit of vaporware at CES. Now, Phantom-watcher TAD writes in with a link to the Phantom website, saying: "Phantom has announced a release date of March 31 (the day before April Fool's) of this year. To my knowledge, they haven't shown ANY demos or announced any launch titles and I haven't seen anything about it at my local EB World or Gamestop stores. I smell something rotten... " Looking at the details makes it a bit more suspect. March 31 isn't the actual release date. That's just the date when people will be able to enter their "online store" and "customize their own Phantom Gaming Service". It's unclear if they're actually selling the console, or just getting people to pay up in anticipation of a console that may or may not exist. They're also trying to sell "lifetime subscriptions", though, they don't say for what. It's entirely possible that this is legit - but they certainly haven't done a very good job satisfying the critics. Update: Thanks to a commenter, we have an additional story from someone who has demoed the Phantom, and comes away impressed. There are still plenty of questions about how it transmits such large games without much delay (and, apparently, the demo didn't run over a broadband connection), but at least there's a bit more evidence that the thing exists. The article also says the boxes won't ship until this summer, so the March 31st launch is nothing more than hype.