Nokia makes a gaming play with N-Gage

Nokia makes a gaming play with N-Gage

The soon-to-be released Nokia N-Gage, a palm-sized wireless-gaming unit with mobile phone and MP3 capabilities, will allow mobile multiplayer gaming over GPRS networks.

The N-Gage will cost $599 when it hits the shelves on October 7.

Multiplayer gaming will be restricted to Bluetooth connectivity at launch date. Bluetooth will allow local multiplayer gaming for N-Gages in close proximity.

Free until next year, Nokia's gaming portal will offer downloads, and help users organise multiplayer games (once available).

The 104MHz ARM processor N-Gage runs games on 8MB and 16MB Multi Media Cards (MMCs) via a 4096 colour display. The ten launch titles include Tomb Raider and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Games will cost $59.95 or $69.95, according to Nokia Australia business manager, Rick Gawdat.

N-Gage games would also be optomised for the device, not simply ported from other versions, Gawdat said.

The N-Gage also receives FM radio and records audio using Nokia Audio Manager PC software.

USB connectivity allows users to download software such as MP3s, as well as synchronise personal information management applications.

The device runs on the Symbian operating system with Java support. PC Suite software is also included.

Mobile phone features include MMS, polyphonic ring tones and voice dialling.

The N-Gage will be available in more than 1500 stores around Australia.

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