The GameBoy Color pocket game console was introduced back in 1998, a few years before the earliest smartphones were mass-produced. As it turned out during the journalistic investigation, the company was working on an accessory that would allow the device to be connected to the Internet.
According to journalist and gaming industry historian Liam Robertson, a special PageBoy accessory in those days could have allowed users to send email, search the Web, send photos and even work with streaming video.
As expected, the strange device was supposed to use some kind of radio transmission technology that allowed GameBoy Color owners to search for information, read international news, game magazines and, unthinkable for those times and quite usual for today, watch streaming video in real time, as well as exchange messages with other users. In other words, do a lot of what a modern smartphone is capable of. It is reported that a similar radio transmission technology at that time was used by “two-way” pagers, which allowed not only to receive, but also to send messages – so the accessory received the corresponding name.
According to Robertson, he was able to talk about the device with the people who were then working on the Wizard project, which created the PageBoy. Realizing that without the mini-console itself, their development would not be realized, they made a meeting with Nintendo’s management and received approval for research work. According to Robertson, the company has been impressed by the technology’s capabilities since 1999 for three years.
Nevertheless, first of all, the market potential of the development was assessed, which at that time made a much less strong impression. The device used networks that at that time were widely available only in some regions like the United States, so the project was closed in July 2002. Nevertheless, many of the ideas have already been implemented in modern solutions – PageBoy was simply ahead of its time.
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