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Lenovo-Funded Chinese 'iSec' Console Planned For Second-Half 2011

Lenovo-Funded Chinese 'iSec' Console Planned For Second-Half 2011

May 6, 2011 | By Kris Graft

Lenovo-funded Beijing Eedoo Technology on Friday revealed more details on its Chinese gaming system, which could see the light of day in other territories if the console achieves strong sales.

Formerly known as the eBox, the gaming console is now called the iSec, or Sports Entertainment Center, according to a report in PC World.

As previously reported, it tracks players' motion, similar to Microsoft's Kinect. Games exhibited for the iSec will have players exercising, performing martial arts moves, slaying monsters and skateboarding.

The console is positioned as a family-friendly device, with Chinese, North American and European developers reportedly working on games for the device.

Jack Luo, CEO of Eedoo said for now, the console is only for China. "Only after we sell 1 million units of the iSec, will we start to think about selling the device overseas," he said.

There is still no price for the device, and is now reportedly expected to release in the second half of the year. It was originally slated for a release early this year.

Online gaming on PCs is popular in China, and growing. But console gaming isn't as popular as in other parts of the world, partly because the country's Ministry of Culture prohibits sales of video game consoles and accessories by any foreign company or individual.

Both Sony and Microsoft are taking steps in hopes to sell their consoles in the country, eventually. Nintendo has released a console specifically tailored for the Chinese market, but the Wii is not sold in the region.

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