In October of 2011, computer company Lenovo has announced that they are ready to launch the eeDoo iSec Console in December, and went as far as to name the price for the console. The company has also released information on the available colorways of this new console—which are very sexy in red, white, and black. The eeDoo iSec Console is priced at around US$470, which is a bit pricey compared to the other consoles in the market, all from renowned gaming console makers.
Steep pricing aside, many gamers and industry analysts are wondering just how many video game titles will be available to consumers and how will they compare to the existing titles in the market. Lenovo, a Chinese electronic hardware manufacturer, has not shed light on this issue just yet.
Of course, releasing the eeDoo iSec Console will be very difficult for Lenovo, as the company has never made a gaming console before, and they have hit a particularly large regulatory barrier that is China. Gaming consoles are not considered to be legal in Mainland China, and Lenovo’s eeDoo iSec Console hasnot yet secured approval from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. To get around this rule, Lenovo has started calling the eeDoo iSec Console as a home entertaining system, which is legal in very part of the word, including China. Of course, it remains to be seen if the eeDoo iSec Console can actively compete with Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation when it comes to performance.
According to Chinese tech media, Lenovo has gathered a dedicated team for the development of the eeDoo iSec Console—sounds admirable, until you realize that this is not a big endeavor, as say, the development of the new iPhone. Around 130 Lenovo employees are personally supervising the proper development of this device.
Even if the eeDoo iSec Console is born and bred in Chinese soil, very few Chinese gamers are excited about this game release—and they have every reason to be wary. So far, Lenovo went against its December advisory. The year is so close to ending and there is still no word about the real release date of the eeDoo iSec Console. Many gamers and industry analysts are speculating that the chances of the Lenovo console ever seeing the light of day will be very, very slim.
In fact, the CEO for the eeDoo project has told Sina Tech that they currently do not have a scheduled release date—a fact that have made many a gamer confident in their soothsaying skills. So far, there are no attempts made by Lenovo to market the product or begin gaining hype for the Chinese console. However, Lenovo is now spending as much as $15 million in research and development costs. That whopping amount of money cannot be wasted, and everyone is praying—at least for the welfare of the company behind the product—that the eeDoo iSec Console will be released soon.