Envizions announces its hybrid system will go on sale October 20 for $679.95; loads of features promised.
The past few years have seen several attempts to marry the vast library of PC games with the ease of play of a console. Infinium Labs has been trying to launch its much-maligned Phantom system for years (though it does have a release window scheduled for the system's lapboard attachment). Meanwhile, Digital Interactive Systems' DISCover software promised to let users play PC games on their TVs as easily as console games. DISCover did hit the market (even Alienware made a home theater PC using the software), but it hasn't caught on.
Now Alabama-based Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation is trying to achieve what Infinium and DISCover haven't with its EVO: Phase One system. The company has announced details for its hybrid system, including a launch date and price. Envizions expects EVO: Phase One to be available October 20 for $679.95.
According to the system's official Web site, the device will act as a DVD player, PC, and Digital Video Recorder, and it will play PC games (offline and online) and customized EVO: Phase One games. It will also provide downloadable movies, previews, anime, and more through the Akimbo video-on-demand service and will include biometric security features (fingerprint scanning to save and access saved data), an 80GB hard drive, a 2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200 processor, and a liquid cooling system.
EVO: Phase Two is advertised on Envizions' site as shipping in 2007, with Phase Three following in 2008. The company is currently accepting payments for preorders for Phase One and promotional "Evo it!" scratch-off cards through PayPal. The cards (which come in bundles of five for $5) offer a chance to win $10,000 or a Phase One system.
Come on people! Support the evo, support the evolution of gaming! Honestly, I could forge a prettier looking box...
I wonder what type of features it will have... Not hardware wise, but software... Like internet browsing, and IM support.
people are already hating the ps3, i like the features but i dont think this console will be any good, especially after reading phase two and three will be coming a year later.
Again...let's see the 3rd party games. Why, oh why Sega....will you NOT RELEASE A HOME ATOMISWAVE/NAOMI!?!?!
the video card and the ram arent that exciting rather get a PS3 for that kind of money id atleast get value for money
these are the features from there website CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3200 L1 Cache 64kb + 64kb L2 Cache 512 kb 2.0 Ghz. GPU-Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro w/HDMI Twelve pixel pipelines Core Clock 500 MHz Memory Clock 800 MHz Tuner card- Hauppauge with built-in FM radio RAM- 512 RAM DDR Storage- 80 gig hard drive DVD-Rom drive Digital Media Support-Support for DVD-video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW DVD+R/RW, CD-ROM, CD-RW, Send customize Envizions games to any EVO wireless router Many players playing from one master hub 3-D graphics Cooling: Customize CoolIT Systems liquid system Audio- Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit Advanced HD EAX Advanced HD Supports surround sound 7.1, 6.1 and 5.1 I/O ? Support two 2.0 USB PC ports (in front) Four rear 2.0 USB ports On board Ethernet port Software-Media Center 2005 Physical specs-Width-318mm Height-100mm Length-415mm High-Definition- Standard-definition and high definition video support Support HDTV, DVD player and CD capabilities. DVR Capabilities: Record, Rewind and Pause live TV, 125-channel cable ready TV tuner, Surf the net, program menu and FM radio receiver. Six USB ports and one Ethernet port, one fireware 1394 port. Set up will allow several users to access the system at the same time; play the same game or different games in several different locations simultaneously. Allow users to store/download EVO console games to the hard drive then stream game data to several TV's from one console. ***Provide a 100% wireless network. Wireless console, wireless keyboard and game controllers. Console can be placed anywhere in the home. Will have encryption security features for wireless application network. A full functional PC and media center and can be converted to a game console by choice of user. ***Biometric game save. Save EVO games with fingerprint. Navigate between PC and console interface. Comes with a built-in 80 gig serial ATA hard drive. Hard drive can be upgraded to an Envizions external or internal hard drive for recording extra HD or other content. Allow for portable media devices like digital cameras and MP3 players to be plug into the system by USB ports. Built-in IRA remote sensor Store EVO customize games from disc for later use Customize CoolIT System next generation cooling system ***S.R.I (Simulated Realistic Intelligence) Player reaction and environment will increase the in game obstacles and A.I capabilities
The spec is pretty weak for that kinda money... But if it plays pc game by just pop the disc in like a regular console then that'd be pretty cool.
if a company that someone has actually heard of did something like this and sold it cheap people would buy it
rule number one when entering the console market. have a well known rich company backing it. i can see this being the phantom all over again.
This may actually be a better deal than the PS3 and 360. I probably wouldn't buy it, but as I recall, nobody expected Sony to succeed in 1994 but behold today they are the number one console developers right now. If it played more than just PC games, and it had some kind of third party support, this thing could take off.
Who cares about the hdd and processor, why are the 2 most important things for playing a PC game mysteriously missing from this article? Theres no way of knowing how good this will be without knowing the VIDEO CARD and RAM. Since that will determine what games you can even play! >$700 would be a very good price if it includes over 1gb of ram and a good PCI-X video card. When you look at the sub $800 PC's its clear that they are serious pieces of junk for gaming and any sort of performance computing. If this thing has good ram and a good card then it would be a good budget PC in general and could easily compete with the $1300+ PC's. Who cares about the fact that they are aiming at making it a game console like device, look at the big picture for its other uses compared to other computer in its price range.
Pathetic... I've never been a pc gamer, but if I wanted to start, my pc is almost twice as powerful as this, so why bother? And it COSTS MORE than a P$3 (OMG!!!).
I wonder what sort of videocard it will come with. If it is something like a 7800gt or x1800 i might buy it for the card and put that in my pc
This is absolutely mind boggling. Unless this is a scam by the heads of this company to funnel the money of gullible investors to private offshore accounts, I truly can't understand why anyone would consider something so pitiful.
Why anybody would buy this when the cheaper (sounds weird to use that word with this) PS3 will be out the next month? And the PS3 will be more powerful at a lower price..
Okay, I'm as skeptical as everyone else.... or maybe less...some people went right to the 'never-gonna-work' option. In any case, all this means is that somebody, somewhere is going to buy it, because there are 'gadget' people out there who have to have new-fangled gadgets. My prediction is that it won't catch on enough to be qualified for the 'console race', but it will take away a slim few sales from a few next gen systems, since that cash could've went to one of the 'Big Three'. ....that's just my prediction.
mirlegend "rule number one when entering the console market. have a well known rich company backing it. i can see this being the phantom all over again." It IS the phantom as far as I care.
As hard as it is for me to admit, it IS more powerful than my PC...but it can't do as much. And that's the general situation for most current PC users. Since an actual PC has more functionality than this machine ever could, most people will quite simply ignore it. Now, if they start making it more and more like a PC to the point where you're using something that's the same (but with a TV as the monitor), it'll definitely be worth it. As long as they make it more powerful GPU-wise, it will have the potential to surpass most common-home PCs.
Their marketing department (assuming it exists) is shameful. Look at the '80s branding and logo design. The website is shocking. And the box itself? It looks like something designed three decades ago.
what a rip off. its not any cheaper than a PC, you can't use any PC features and installing games isn't even a problem on the PC, in fact its easier to play games on the PC than the consoles, half the time you don't even need the disk. Its not like installing stuff is some great big mystery only nerds have figured out how to perform that justifies spending $700 on a handicap PC.
It's a nice thought, but honestly it's not worth it. For that people can shell out a few bucks more and build their own gaming PCs for that price. Let's not forget the current look doesn't seem to be setting any records. Now if they give the case a traditional PC game look...you MIGHT start to see some hope for it. :)
How about that wireless "Lapboard" that's releasing in October that everyone's mad over; In more ways than one... B-D.
Not worth it. I'm going to build a beautiful pc with dx-10 hardware next summer, regardless of price. Until then, I have a high-end Dell laptop, a mid-range gaming desktop and an Xbox360 to keep me happy. The hardware will not cut it for its release date, and there's no name. Give them credit, but PC games aren't meant to be played with a controller anyway.
Best comment in this thread: grummzaire - [quote]...a $679 gaming PC. Right guys? Right? Oh wait, thats right. If I'm going to be a PC gamer, I'm going to buy a freakin sweet PC, not a piece o' crap television machine. [/quote]
It sounds like another PS3 but without the compatibility of playing PC games. Also, how much will the online service be? Will the EVO take some ques from Microsoft and charge people for basic service? Will there be add-on's in the future? And how well will this 'fingerprint scanning to save and access saved data' will work? On top of all that, look at their controller design. They stole Sony's idea! Crusify them!!!! Let the finger pointing begin.
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