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LeapFrog announces LeapTV, a new console for young kids
LeapFrog announces LeapTV, a new console for young kids
July 15, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

July 15, 2014 | By Christian Nutt
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Today, children's gadget and tablet company LeapFrog has announced the LeapTV, a new game console offering motion and traditional control in a package designed for 3 to 8 year old kids.

The new console will be released later this year and cost $150.00. Games will be sold on cartridges and via download, with download game prices starting at $5 and cartridges priced at $30.

The new system includes a camera and a transforming controller which can function as a traditional game pad or a Wii Remote-like "wand." No details on LeapTV's operating system or developer programs were announced. All games created for the system must be approved by LeapFrog, however.

"Within the last few years, we've heard more and more kids talking about how they want their own console gaming experience. They see their older brothers and sisters playing consoles and they try to play, but these consoles aren't designed for them," LeapFrog's David Perkinson told Polygon.

For more information, visit the LeapTV's official site. The company also maintains a general-purpose developer site. You can sign up here.



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Dan Jones
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As a developer, it's easy to think of some fun, kid-friendly uses for the camera... but as a parent, a web-connected camera in the living room is not a precedent I'm eager to set for my son.

SD Marlow
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The webcam and proprietary media add to the cost which makes me wonder if this is any more than a Tegra3 micro console. I get that all digital downloads doesn't fit with their market audience (edutainment being a large segment of gift giving/holiday sales) so no cutting corners there, but they are not including "Kinect-level" motion recognition and tracking, so the camera is an odd inclusion (and as stated in the comment above, could have potential sales drawbacks).

Ironically, this could almost pass as a concept for an upgraded Nintendo Wii.

Mike Griffin
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Let's see:

- Proprietary 1GHz CPU, similar to Cortex-A9
- 16GB flash storage
- 1GB of DDR3 ram
- HDMI out - up to 720p
- Camera is 640x480, does 2 player capture
- Bluetooth controller w/accelerometer
- Controller has built-in "Hint" button
- Designed for ages 3-8

So... custom OS or Android?

Kujel Selsuru
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I really like the look of the main unit and the controller doesn't look to bad either unfortunately this is a genuine kiddy console and so wouldn't be of much use to me.


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