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How the Phantom Worked


The Basic Idea
Concept shot of the back of the Phantom , showing video ports, network ports and standard USB ports.
Concept shot of the back of the Phantom , showing video ports, network ports and standard USB ports.
Photo courtesy Infinium Labs

Here's how Infinium Labs describes its new machine:

Phantom is an always on broadband device, which allows gamers a wealth of options, from wireless connectivity to massive multiplayer capability... to allowing gamers to demo and experience games before purchasing or subscribing.

Sound familiar? That pretty much describes a desktop PC with a broadband connection. And at its heart, that's what the Phantom is: a Windows PC (this page lists the product specs).

But the Phantom is different from an off-the-shelf PC in a few important ways. Namely:

  • It has built-in S-video, RCA, and component video ports, so it can hook up to your TV directly, just like an X-Box or DVD player.
  • It has built-in wireless modules, which work with a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and wireless game controller
  • It includes a sound card that supports Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.
  • It uses a proprietary encryption scheme to store data on the hard drive.
  • It doesn't have a CD-ROM drive.

Additionally, the Phantom is programmed to use Infinium Lab's virtual private games network (VPGN). In the next section, we'll see what this feature is all about.