History of video games/Platforms/digiBLAST





The digiBLAST was designed by Grey Innovation, a company in Melbourne, Australia.[1]

Names considered for the digiBLAST included "Xplorerr" and "Go-Deck".[2]



The digiBLAST saw a western European release in November of 2005 for 79.95 euros.[3][4][5][6] The DigiBLAST sold at a loss.[2] 200,000 digiBLASTs were expected to sell during the 2005 holiday season.[1][4]



The digiBLAST sold 100,000 consoles at most, and was taken off the market around 2008.[7][8]

Grey Innovations survived the failure of the digiBLAST. It still existed as of 2020 and was the first company to produce ventilators for the Australian National Stockpile during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]





The digiBLAST is powered by a Samsung OCEAN-L-20 SOC containing an ARM9 based CPU.[10][11][12]



The digiBLAST has an LCD that easily ghosts.[4][13]

The digiBLAST has mono audio.[14]

A demo unit of the digiBLAST had a rechargeable battery that offers 10 hours of playtime.[15] The battery takes four hours to charge.[15] The shipped unit simply took four AA batteries.[16]

A pop out stand is used to prop the console up on tables and other flat surfaces.[17]

An optional MP3 Player module adds 256 megabytes of storage for music.[2]



The digiBLAST runs Linux, which is loaded from game cartridges.[18][4][2]

Notable Games


External Resources



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  14. "digiBLAST: l'abbiamo provato!". web.archive.org. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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  16. "A closer look at the digiBLAST Personal Media Center handheld video game console". Imgur. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  17. "Third Rate Gaming - DigiBLAST". Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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  20. Barsanti, Sam; Hughes, William (22 March 2021). "The rise and fall of the Game Boy's weirdest rivals" (in en-us). The A.V. Club. https://www.avclub.com/the-game-com-cometh-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-game-boy-1846501180/slides/11.