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digiBLAST

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A digiBLAST handheld.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

The digiBLAST was designed by Grey Innovation, a company in Melbourne, Australia.[1]

Names considered for the digiBLAST included "Xplorerr" and "Go-Deck".[2]

Launch[edit]

The digiBLAST saw a western European release in November of 2005 for 79.95 euros.[3][4][5] The DigiBLAST sold at a loss.[2] 200,000 digiBLASTs were expected to sell during the 2005 holiday season.[1][3]

Legacy[edit]

The digiBLAST sold at most 100,000 consoles, and was taken off the market around 2008.[6][7]

Grey Innovations survived the failure of the digiBLAST. It still existed as of 2020 and was the first company to produce ventilators for the Australian National Stockpile during the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

Technology[edit]

Compute[edit]

The digiBLAST is powered by a Samsung OCEAN-L-20 SOC containing an ARM9 based CPU.[9][10][11]

Hardware[edit]

The digiBLAST has an LCD that easily ghosts.[3][12]

The digiBLAST has mono audio.[13]

A demo unit of the digiBLAST had a rechargeable battery that offers 10 hours of playtime.[14] The battery takes four hours to charge.[14] The shipped unit simply took for AA batteries.[15]

A pop out stand is used to prop the console up on tables and other flat surfaces.[16]

An optional MP3 Player module adds 256 megabytes of storage for music.[2]

Software[edit]

The digiBLAST runs Linux, which is loaded from game cartridges.[17][3][2]

Notable Games[edit]

External Resources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. a b "Sumea:Launchpad. - Aniticipation in Europe for Australian-Made Game Console". 6 September 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070906021103/http://www.sumea.com.au/snews.asp?news=1766. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  2. a b c d "First-Touch.nl. Het laatste Nintendo DS Nieuws, Previews, Reviews, Features en meer.". 31 August 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20060831101951/http://www.first-touch.nl/text/text.php?id=780. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  3. a b c d "digiBLAST by Nikko – The Video Game Kraken". http://videogamekraken.com/digiblast. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  4. "Dissecta Turns Two! Celebrates with "What a DigiBLAST!"Sponsored by Tantalus Interactive." (in en). https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/dissecta-turns-two-celebrates-with-what-a-digiblastsponsored-by-tantalus-interactive. 
  5. "RF Generation: Nikko digiBLAST (Nikko digiBlast)". https://www.rfgeneration.com/PHP/gethwinfo.php?ID=E-121-H-00012-A. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  6. Manikas, Pantelis. "Nikko DigiBlast" (in en). https://consall.eu/console/digiblast. 
  7. "digiBLAST (video game platform) - Glitchwave video games database". https://glitchwave.com/game-platform/digiblast/. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  8. Roberts, Peter (1 August 2020). "Grey Innovation delivers first ventilators to national stockpile" (in en-AU). https://www.aumanufacturing.com.au/grey-innovation-delivers-first-ventilators-to-national-stockpile. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  9. "digiBLAST". https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?57008-digiBLAST. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  10. "https://twitter.com/0x416c6578/status/1002658457533763584" (in en). https://twitter.com/0x416C6578/status/1002658457533763584. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  11. "ramiropolla/mame-ap2k" (in en). https://github.com/ramiropolla/mame-ap2k/blob/master/src/mess/drivers/palmz22.c. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  12. "5 Video Game Consoles That Never Came To The U.S." (in en). 7 February 2019. https://www.playbuzz.com/georget10/5-video-game-consoles-that-never-came-west. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  13. "digiBLAST: l'abbiamo provato!". 29 September 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080929134049/http://www.gamestar.it/showPage.php?template=Speciale&id=169&argomento=digiblast. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  14. a b "digiBLAST: l'abbiamo provato!". 14 September 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080914123653/http://www.gamestar.it/showPage.php?template=Speciale&id=169&argomento=digiblast&masterPage=ngs_articolo.html&pagina=2. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  15. "A closer look at the digiBLAST Personal Media Center handheld video game console" (in en). https://imgur.com/gallery/tPabE#UVvPhJg. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  16. "Third Rate Gaming - DigiBLAST". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb6ir3cdOYw. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  17. Carless, David Jenkins, Simon. "Gamasutra - The Art & Business of Making Games" (in en). https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/98078/DigiBLAST_Kids_Game_Handheld_Announces_Plans.php. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  18. a b "Digiblast - Ultimate Console Database". https://ultimateconsoledatabase.com/portables/digiblast.htm. Retrieved 21 November 2020.