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Gizmondo back from the grave

Gizmondo back from the grave

The Gizmondo WILL be relaunching this year apparently, for better or worse.

Just yesterday we told you how Stefan Erikson, one of the founders of the Gizmondo portable media player and emulation device, had been released from jail. Stefan had served one year after being sentenced to three and convicted for embezzlement. That news story was supposed to be a one-off piece of coverage - momentarily revived interest over a gadget famous only for its failure.

Unfortunately, the Gizmondo is coming back.

A teaser site for the Gizmondo popped up yesterday, claiming that the legend will soon be reborn - but it was mostly dismissed as a hoax. That was, until the story was confirmed.

Eurogamer managed to confirm the story shortly afterwards through an interview with Plextek's technical director, Ian Murphy.

"There are a few things to do, and it will be a while before that happens, but yes, the product has been recovered from the liquidators and we are bringing it back to market," said Murphy.

Murphy confirmed that most of the original team for the Gizmondo are not going to be involved in the project, including Stefan 'Jailbird' Eriksson. Carl Freer however, who was investigated after the company went into liquidation, will remain on the project.

Plextek believes that the Gizmondo, which had an impressive array of features when it launched in 2005 at a price of £229, only failed because it could not be successfully delivered to market. Murphy said that will not happen this time, though he doesn't know when the Gizmondo will launch this year.

Did you buy an original Gizmondo? How do you think the relaunch will fare when pitted against he DS, PSP and a market saturated with PMPs and other abbreviations? Let us know in the forums.

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DXR_13KE 25th January 2008, 13:03 Quote
if the GP2X is not a big competitor today, how do these guys think the Gizmondo will survive?
Flibblebot 25th January 2008, 13:17 Quote
The original didn't survive in a market dominated by Nintendo, how do they expect a new version to survive in a market still dominated by Nintendo - a market that even Sony is having difficulty breaking into.
DXR_13KE 25th January 2008, 13:26 Quote
naokaji 25th January 2008, 16:01 Quote
well, if i look at the picture in the article i see a device i would expect to find on a chinese market for sub 5£....

maybe just maybe its cheap plastic appearance had something to do why it didnt sell for 230£.
firefly 25th January 2008, 17:04 Quote
This is most definitely a niche market. For people like me that want a handheld capable primarily of emulation and multi-format video playback, we already have the excellent GP2x, which by the way retails for around £125. The Gizmondo will need to have to have a pretty impressive feature set to justify the £100 premium!
DLoney 25th January 2008, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
well, if i look at the picture in the article i see a device i would expect to find on a chinese market for sub 5£....

maybe just maybe its cheap plastic appearance had something to do why it didnt sell for 230£.

na, if ya have every messed with one first hand, you would know that the build quality is great, far better than the DS or PSP v2
sub routine 26th January 2008, 11:07 Quote
pfft. It,s all about the games and frankly I would by anything for the right game.

I can't see it going far though.
8igdave 26th January 2008, 17:30 Quote
what games are on it? lol.
Kode 27th January 2008, 16:56 Quote
I read an interview with carl freer that was posted by DLoney in the first news article about the gizmondo http://sandberghans.blogspot.com/2008/01/carl-freer-starts-over-with-gizmondo.html , was pretty interesting, the new gizmondo looks a lot nicer as well, more like a psp, and they are talking about selling it for $99 it uses a standard sd card for the games and its open source, i think it has some potential
G0RD0N FAN 27th January 2008, 18:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
if the GP2X is not a big competitor today, how do these guys think the Gizmondo will survive?

I am with you on this one. I dont think it has a chance.:(
DXR_13KE 28th January 2008, 13:17 Quote
but there is one thing that interests me in the gizmondo..... the hardware inside it: NVIDIA 128 bit GoForce 3D 4500 GPU and 400 MHz ARM9 processor..... interesting.... if they are able to innovate the console even more, like add a multi touch touch screen.... i can see them growing, but they would still be very short from the level of nintendo and sony.....
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