Chinese gamers have it rough. Their invasive government prohibits the sale of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii, so they've had to make due pirating games and sinking time into the free-to-play market. Come December that changes with the introduction of the iSec console.
Computer maker Lenovo is funding this China-only console, which takes a cue from the Kinect playbook by offering hands-free motion controls. The term "iSec" stands for "sports entertainment center," and as you would expect with a Kinect-style device, many of the games will revolve around mimicking sports activities. The console also has a karaoke mode and can be used as a home entertainment center. Chinese, North American, and European partners plan to develop games for the console, but no names have been announced.
Lenovo and Eedoo plant to release a trial program for the iSec this December, with a full console rollout scheduled for early 2012. The system sells for 3,000 yuan ($470).
Eedoo CEO Jack Luo says the company will consider bringing the iSec gaming system to other markets if it sells one million units. Given the astronomical population of the country, that shouldn't be too hard provided the console attracts some talented game publishers.