Zeebo

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Zeebo
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Developer: Zeebo Inc.
Tectoy
Release Date: BR: May 25, 2009
MX: November 14, 2009
Competitors: PlayStation 3AGW
Xbox 360AGW
Nintendo WiiAGW
Generation: Seventh Generation


The Zeebo is a console developed by Brazilian company Tectoy and Zeebo Inc. It is known to be one of the first consoles not to have physical media games, having just digital purchases, so you don't have to buy loads of physical copies.

Specifications

  • Box Contents: A Zeebo console, a power supply (which looks more like a cell phone charger), a Boomerang controller, a keyboard, and a Z-Pad controller.
  • Software: Some firmware made by a yard fund company
  • Games: Ports of PlayStation 1 games, and Android games.
  • Hardware: ARM11 / QDSP-5 in Qualcomm MSM SoC running at 528MHz, ATI Imageon (later renamed Adreno) running at 4 million triangles per second, and 1GB eNAND Flash memory.

Why It Flopped

  1. The console and the accesories were made very cheaply.
  2. It was only sold in Brazil and Mexico, making its production very limited.
  3. Too expensive for Brazilian customers, costing R$499 at launch (around $249 USD). This price is cheap compared to other consoles sold in Brazil, but considering all the downgrades the console had, it wasn't enough.
  4. Very few games. It was released as a gaming solution, but most of the games were Android ports and games from older consoles.
  5. Most of the games had unresponsive controls.
  6. Unappealing console exclusives.
  7. The ports of the PS1 games had a worse quality than the original counterparts.
  8. At the time that it was released, the chart was even lower than the Nintendo Wii, thanks to the Qualcomm processor that is a carrion even on Android.
  9. The controllers are very uncomfortable.
  10. It failed so badly that Tectoy decided to turn the console into an educational toy, which made the situation far worse.
  11. Since the internet service for the console was shut down, it's impossible to buy or download more games for the console, and until today, no way to hack or modify the console has been found.
  12. The loading screens last 3 minutes or even longer, even for games like Pac-Mania.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The console had a budget price in Mexico, costing $2000 MXN, like $100-$170 at the time.
  2. The controllers, while not that great, can be used in a PC.

Trivia

  • The console failed so bad that nowadays it can cost more than $300, if the console has all of the available games, the price will rise a lot.

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Remely1000

15 days ago
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Tu ni jugaste.cero te quedaste-Chabelo

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