Big Picture: Infinium Laboratories made a splash in the early 2000s with the introduction of the Phantom, a home video game console that promised to load cartridges and discs in favor of a direct content delivery service. It never became a consumer product, but now you have the chance to get a rare prototype.
The system ran into a number of issues and was not eventually brought to market, but what he will remember most about the Phantom is the legal battle between Infinium Labs and technology site HardOCP.
There have only been a few prototypes of the Phantom consoles. At QuakeCon 2004, HardOCP member Kyle Bennett defeated one in front of a live audience. Recently, in 2015, a prototype appeared in a computer repair shop in Florida. And now, one of them has been put up for auction at Heritage Auctions. In August, someone paid $2 million for a copy of Super Mario Bros. One month ago, a copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.56 million, setting a record a few days earlier for a rare copy of The Legend of Zelda.
The roof of the Phantom console prototype was as much a mystery as the console in the past. We still don't know if this is the same unit that appeared in the 2015 repair shop or if it's the third prototype. A quick comparison of the 2015 model scratches with the auction sample shows that they are not the same or may have been repaired. It was cited by Heritage as the only surviving example of the most famous toy-making steamship, so perhaps this is the same example a few years ago?
Heritage confirmed that the system, which is actually just a personal computer with a fancy chassis, is gaining strength and playing a short demo episode to promote the console. A great selection of video games will be added, but in fact that's the only thing At this point it's good.
Current bid is $340.
Photos with Heritage Auctions
A rare prototype of the Infinium Labs Phantom console has been auctioned
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