Zeebo Destined to Fail in India, Says Blogger

The Zeebo, an online distribution console system designed as a low-cost gaming option for overseas markets, is a dead man walking when it comes to India, according to GamingIndians:

While the Zeebo claims to be competitively priced… [it is] not competitive, but it’s fairly expensive for what the console offers… Compare it to India’s largest selling and still very popular console, the PlayStation 2, which is priced at Rs 6,490 ($125), and it’s easy to see that the Zeebo won’t be making much of a dent in the Indian market, which is heavily influenced by prices.

[Another] advantage with PS2 games is that once you purchase a game, it’s yours for life, whereas on the Zeebo it’s only yours while it’s stored on your Zeebo’s 1GB flash memory. If you delete it to make room for something else, you’ll have to buy it again to get it back…

Digital distribution… just doesn’t work here. In India, buyers are most comfortable exchanging cash over a store counter. Online shopping has failed to pick up in India, and even the well-educated are wary of buying products and content over the big bad internet…

UPDATE: xbitlabs writes that Sony’s just-announced PS2 price cut is to a certain extent a pre-emptive strike against Zeebo.

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    Speeder says:

    Zeebo is a MAJOR failure… Already…


    First, the company that manufactures it, TecToy, that company currently not only suck, but also annoy its consumers and use some laws as crutch…

    To explain: Back when they made MegaDrive and it was still new (they still make megadrives, but obviously it is not new…), they lobbied and had success about a law to protect local console manufacturers (altough they are the only one…), the result is that to import any console or console game you must pay a tax of about 273%, altough that is ridiculous already, the tax is sufficient to bump-up the price of consoles to make MegaDrive remain competitive with its 130 USD price (yes, a megadrive costs 130 USD)

    Now where they annoy their own costumers: They make only old sega consoles but dreamcast and saturn (the ones that people keep begging them to manufacture, because they still rock… I want one! I wanna play Radiant Silvergun!!!), and not only that, they removed the cartridge slot and they do not manufacture games anymore, you buy a console with 180 games in memory, while most of them suck, and where the most awesome games are left out (like Sonic 3)


    Now on Zeebo itself:

    Like on India, here Zeebo is priced the same as a brand new PS2 (even with the 273% tax…), not only that, but sony is building a PS2 factory here in brazil, this mean that they will be able to actually sell it for 99 USD like they do in the US, instead of the current price here (About 250 USD).


    Also, people here too dislike digital distribution…


    Not only that, the infrastrucutre here SUCK, it REALLY SUCK, 3G network (that Zeebo uses) was implemented here only 1 year ago, it is highly unstable and work only in some selected areas, trying to sell something that depends on it is like trying to sell boats in the desert.


    I wonder who invented Zeebo idea, sell shitty games (yes, they are cellphone ports, who want to play a cellphone game on TV?) for a high price (seriously, 15 USD for QUAKE I???? ARE YOU NUTS??? 15 USD FOR A FIFA CELLPHONE GAME????) force you to pay it AGAIN in case you run out of space, and the best of all: The most hilarious marketing ever, where you launch a site that beg you to buy a product that is not even launched, using a really overhyped and funny description (seriously, it is written on the website that Zeebo has the game with the most awesome graphics ever made… O RLY?)


    I think that Qualcomm jumped on the boat only because they will profit as the initial developers pay them for BREW and autorization to develop for Zeebo, they do not need to actually sell consoles, or even they can sell a proper cellphone using that technology, since Zeebo is a cellphone in a oversized box…



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    chadachada321 says:

    Sure, it’s possible, but there’d be no point. Just because some hacker does it doesn’t even mean it was part of the collective.


    Someone once told me this, and it’s essentially true. Anonymous is like a Death Star Roulette. A game of Russian Roulette with an atom bomb as the bullet. They can attack anything at random, and what they choose to mess with is based on chance. There are hundreds of dead cat pictures on 4chan that everyone laughs at, but for some reason when Kenny Glenn got shown online to be a cat abuser, Anon fired the low orbit ion cannons on him and got him arrested. Sometimes they care, other times they’re too busy looking at porn and lolcats to care.

    I doubt they’d even KNOW about this stupid video game thing, let alone care…

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Dude, remember who you’re talking about. How could Anon NOT hack it? And before you say "it’s not out yet" let me remind you that they can do almost anything. It’s probably not that hard for them to get their hands on it before the rest of the world.


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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    It’s 4chan, I may be right, I may be wrong, even so, this is Anon we’re talking about. For all we know, they might find out how to hack Zeebo. That’s why I retrieved my bracelet, in case I need it.


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    krotoslol says:

    I misread this as Zelda.

    I was about to RAGE for a while.


    =========================================================================== Jack Thompson is vanquished!!!

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    DarkSaber says:

    Call me pessimistic, but I can see the Zeebo failing in for more places than just India.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    1AgainstTheWorld says:

    This is absolutely true.  I’ve sold and traded games with people all over the world but I’ve never had anyone in India even express an interest.

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    DarkSaber says:

    How exactly? There quite a big group of Zeebo hackers on 4chan or something?


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Understandable, the products they might be buying could actually be virus carriers set up by some fags in Anon. Time for some hacking! *his bracelet lights up*


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