First, let's get the facts
straight. The Indrema
will be using a 600 MHz processor vs. X-box's
733 MHz. The processing power is, technically, not more powerful.
On paper, the Indrema certainly
sounds promising. Any system that allows you to take a PC game CD and
place it your home console quickly turns my head. The promise of open-sourced
code could result in a deluge of games.
But the truth of the matter
is that the Indrema is a Linux based system, which just doesn't mean
much to the mass market. And specs don't make a system - resources do.
Without resources to support it, the system is fighting an enormous
uphill battle. And at this point, we've yet to hear much buzz from our
Let's forget about the Xbox
for a second and consider the gaming community as a whole. The PS2 just
shipped, sending ripples throughout the industry. The Dreamcast is cranking
out critically acclaimed games and is still the only online console.
regardless of it's limitations or benefits, sports the Nintendo name,
which is actually worth quite a bit these days.
By the time the Xbox and
GameCube launch, there will be 4 next generation home systems to choose
from. We don't think there's room for that many, let alone 5.
But who knows? Maybe Linux
will catch fire and become the great OS savior it's supposed to be.*
Maybe Microsoft will screw up the launch of the Xbox and make room for
the Indrema. **
And maybe GR will make our
own home console system called the "Bonkerbox." ***
* It won't.
** They won't.
*** We definitely won't.