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Rare prototype Infinium Labs Phantom console goes up for auction


The big picture: Infinium Labs created quite the ruckus in the early 2000s with the introduction of the Phantom, a PC-like home video game console that promised to do away with cartridges and discs in favor of a direct-download content delivery service. It never materialized as a consumer product, but now you've got a chance to own a rare prototype.

The system suffered multiple setbacks and ultimately never made it to market, but what many will likely remember most about the Phantom is the legal battle between Infinium Labs and tech site HardOCP.

As the story goes, HardOCP posted an investigative report about Infinium Labs and its founder in late 2003. A few months later, Infinium Labs sent a cease and desist letter to Hard, demanding the piece be taken down. A legal battle ensued, in which HardOCP was victorious. In the end, Infinium Labs paid $50,000 to ...


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