Gizmondo set for 19th March launch

As Nintendo DS and PSP ready their European assault, Gizmondo throws its keys into the fruit bowl.

Multi-entertainment handheld Gizmondo will launch on 19th March in the UK, the company has confirmed today.

The talented machine, which comes with a contract-free SIM card for multimedia, will retail at £229 and will mainly be available from Gizmondo's flagship London store, at 175 Regent Street.

"Gizmondo is the British challenger in a market that will witness a spectacular boom this year," said Carl Freer, Gizmondo's MD. "We've been able to introduce exciting new features like GPS into gaming, and with such a remarkable list of features, the Gizmondo is the most powerful, feature-laden piece of multi-entertainment hardware available."

Games, including Conflict: Vietnam and Richard Burns Rally, will cost between £9.99 and £29.99.

Running on WindowsCE, Gizmondo sports a range of features including MMS, a camera, GPRS networking, an MP3 player and MPEG-4 movie playback. It even contains a GPS chip.

But despite the feature-heavy spec of the machine, Gizmondo is facing very high profile competition, certainly in gaming terms, from the release this week of Nintendo DS and the upcoming launch of PSP in Europe.

We'll have more in Gizmondo's launch next week.

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