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Old 09-16-04, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default What Are Your Guys Thoughts On the Phantom "Prototype"?

So uhh, hehe... what do you guys think of the

Phantom "Prototype"?
I'm sorry, I know its just a prototype. But jeez! Hot GLUE!?!

Some pics:

http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?im...pfM184X2wuanBn

http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?im...pfM18xX2wuanBn

http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?im...8xM19sLmpwZw==

http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?im...pfMV8xX2wuanBn
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Old 09-16-04, 08:20 PM   #2
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I could do something better myself, most of us could.
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Old 09-16-04, 08:32 PM   #3
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As i expected.

Anyways,

When i look at the phantom i see they hired pritty decent computer modder, and told him to make something look cool.

The new phantom is exactly the same, however this time they bought a laptop and took out its guts.
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Old 09-16-04, 08:52 PM   #4
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I'm going to try to forget about this thing just like I'm trying to forget DNF.
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Old 09-16-04, 09:32 PM   #5
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Haha, not exactly the most elegant workmanship...but at least the outside looks pretty. But how powerful is this thing supposed to be? The specs looked pretty impressive back when the Xbox was released, but now with the Xbox 2 coming out in a bit over a year it probably will have a harder time matching up with the technology (not to mention the 4 ghz processors and 6800 cards...).

Edit: Oh, and I love this line from their article-

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What you see above is a Phantom Console that was loaned to us for the purpose of writing this article. The Phantom you see above is plugged in and "running", although we could never get it to POST.
Jeez, it's that large and heavy, and they couldn't even get the thing to work?!? Why didn't they at least stick an actual computer in there, at least then it would be functional

But does anyone else think it's funny that Phantom actually loaned HardOCP a prototype console when they took them to court less than a year ago? What in the hell are they thinking?

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Old 09-16-04, 10:01 PM   #6
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My god... a Geforce FX 5600????

UUUGGGHHHHHHHH

Thats the biggest piece of crap card thats been made in the past 5 years. I had one.

That isnt a prototype. Its a joke. Theres no freaking way they can actually make something like that, and make it worth buying.

I hope, for everyone's sake, that this is always going to be vaporware. If its released, theres just going to be a lot of angry users and some scammers with their pockets full of cash.
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Old 09-17-04, 12:46 AM   #7
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Wait...it honestly uses an FX5600? Buahaha, that's barely better than the Xbox's beefed up Geforce 3. Sheesh, does the thing even output to high resolution HDTV modes? What's the point of a PC in a box if it can't output at above 480p, even the Xbox can do that and supposedly Xbox 2/PS3 games will be 1080i native. This thing would be so outdated by the time it's released that there really wouldn't be any point to it, the advantage consoles have is that they're able to offer very advanced technology for the price, but this thing doesn't look like it comes anywhere near that goal (especially if it retails for $200 with a monthly charge like they're planning).
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Oh ya, anyone notice... no CD drive. Only an 80Gb hard drive and an internet connection (which is fake\non-functional in this prototype)... yes, you must download all of your games.
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Oh, so it's like a forced version of Steam then, except with monthly payments (and apperently less games )
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Interesting idea , with wrong people and hardware

Also looked at they site so called better version of Phantom got spec similar to Xbox , its already outdated for current games not to mention future

* AMD® Athlon™ XP 2500+ central processing unit (CPU)
* NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5700 Ultra graphics processing unit (GPU)
* NVIDIA nForce™2 Ultra 400 platform processor
* 256 MB RAM
* 40 GB local content cache
* Microsoft Windows XP® Embedded Operating System
* Dynamic, personalized user interfaces customizable for age, gender or technical expertise
* Lapboard, mouse and game pad included

* HDTV and Dolby® Digital 5.1 compatible
* Works with any consumer-standard broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP): DSL or faster
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Was it not Hardocp that wrote sometime ago that this thing was one big con? Now they have one for preview
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