Lenovo-backed gaming system to launch early 2012

The gaming system, called the iSec, uses motion sensing gaming technology

A Lenovo-backed video game system, the iSec, will launch in China early next year and cost just over 3000 yuan ($470), according to a spokesman with the company making the product.

Beijing eedoo Technology, which is funded by PC maker Lenovo, unveiled the iSec in May. The video game system features a motion sensing technology that allows controller-free play, much like Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect device.

The iSec was originally planned for launch later this year. The company will now start out with a small-scale launch in December, selling trial versions of the system, said the spokesman, who declined to be named.

Eedoo was originally a business unit of Lenovo, called S&P Game & Multimedia.

In China, foreign gaming systems including the Xbox 360, Sony's Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii are prohibited by Chinese law from being officially sold in the country. The gaming systems, however, are available in the country's gray market which buys electronic devices overseas and then resells them through local vendors.

Previously, eedoo CEO Jack Luo said the company is focusing first on the Chinese market. But the company will consider bringing the iSec gaming system to other markets if it sells 1 million units of the system.

iSec stands for "Sports Entertainment Center" and games for the system are being developed by partners in China, North America and Europe. In May, eedoo showed off several games, some of which focused on performing exercise movements, while others involved fighting monsters or adventures in virtual worlds. The device can also be used as a home entertainment system and includes a feature that allows users to sing songs in a karaoke mode.

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