There’s a lot of loose talk being bandied to and fro concerning Acer and its supposed plans to build an “open” game console. I think that if Acer were to attempt to build such a system, it would be more or less a console-like PC that hooked up to a TV and played PC games while also featuring an open SDK, but that’s just me.
Some comments by one of Acer’s senior vice presidents, though, are interesting, to say the least. According to an article on BetaNews.com,
Acer’s senior vice president, James T. Wong, said that his company has a game machine in mind, and that it will be based on “open standards.”
“If you look at most of the other game machines that are out there right now — Nintendo’s, the Xbox — they are ‘closed’ and proprietary systems,” he told BetaNews.
I just can’t fathom that Acer would develop its own standalone console because that would really be reinventing the wheel with all the work that’d need to be done to get games to be developed for yet another console platform. Stranger things have happened, though, so we’ll see how this develops.