Details of a new console have emerged from Silicon Valley in California, in the form of the Nurve Networks LLC developed XGameStation.


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The console is said to offer a complete royalty-free game development kit, with a fully assembled unit which is compatible with PlayStation 2, Xbox and as can be seen in the development board photos, the old Atari 2600 VCS controllers.

To enable the average Joe to make their own games, XGameStation will come with an eBook written by Andre' LaMothe, and will cover design of the XGS's hardware, software, operating system and graphics APIs, allowing users to tackle the built-in BASIC programming language like a pro.


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Technical features of the board include a third-generation Motorola 68HCS12 16-bit processor running at 25mhz, graphics architecture similar to Commadore 64, Atari 800 and Apple II, polyphonic FM synthesis and digital sound channel, one reprogrammable 64KBlock game cartridge and multiple general-purpose expansion ports allowing for more advanced items to be bolted on to the hardware.

So is the XGameStation a clever spoof, or a real development kit for the masses? Until we get to see more it's hard to tell, but take a look at the xgamestation.com website to find out more about the system.