>> Thursday, June 7, 2007
While Philips sold their videogame business in 1998, a few small gaming left-overs are still active within Philips. Including the recent release of the PC AmBX system, Philips tries to capture the peripheral market for both PC and video consoles. A new range of docking stations for Nintendo DS and Playstation Portable are presented as well as protective cases, also for XBOX 360. Philips even licensed the Gamecube controller design and released their own controller for Nintendo. The strangest peripheral is probably the glow-in-the-dark XBOX 360 controller, an innovative skin from Philips Design so you never loose your gamepad ;)
Philips used to invent the products and let others profit from it, nowadays it is the other way around: Philips is profiting from other successes and important formats like Apple Ipod and Sony Playstation Portable by releasing docking stations and other supplies. It's like a change in their market appeal, and I wonder how much this is a result from their original CD-i attempt.
A little sidenote: I also wonder whether Philips still owns the patents of the original CD-i Peacekeeper Gun, as Nintendo is using the exact same technique in the Nintendo Wii controller. This technique was specced and developed by Philips around 1990. With the Wii heading for a big success, this looks like a little goldmine for anyone who can take a profit!
Personally I love these little winks to the videogame market by Philips. It certainly shows Philips is leaving the door open to re-enter the videogame market once the time is ready. Especially when videogames are emerging more and more to home multi-media, the original purpose of the 'future-based' CD-i system.
The pictures below are original Philips products, don't let them fool you!