The clue was always in the name, and now the Phantom console has finally proven to be nothing more than a Keyser Soze spook story – its manufacturer has completely removed the shady games machine from its site.
It seems a long time since we introduced Infinium Labs’ console under the promising headline ‘to Infinium and beyond’ back in September last year. Now the company, under its new name Phantom Entertainment, has quietly buried the concept, leaving only the ‘Lapboard’ wireless keyboard as a product on its site.
Although the console, first due to ship almost three years ago, has long had official pictures and a spec list, its demise has hardly caused gasps of astonishment. The next-gen battlefield of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo is no place for a debutant, and the games downloading concept has already been introduced by the Xbox 360 and PSP.
The Phantom hasn’t sunk without trace, though. Its Games Service is still scheduled for a release later this year, and is now being reconfigured to give Windows XP owners a chance to trial games for a small fee before shelling out the full £30. We’ll believe it when we see it.