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Phantom launches as digital distribution

Long struggling PC gaming platform abandons console based approach for online store

Phantom Entertainment, in partnership with GameStreamer, has launched its online game store, featuring a catalogue of over 2,600 PC titles.

The store allows for the outright purchasing of games, such as FarCry 2 or Fallout 3, or try before you buy, and uses a content licensing management system to track all games purchased, so the user owns the license forever and can freely return to re-download the game.

The Phantom was originally announced in 2003 as a disc-less PC to operate as a console by relying entirely on a broadband connection to download and play games, however, years later the PC-console failed to materialise.

The company has also announced the impending launch of its Phantom Lapboard, a keyboard and mouse peripheral designed to facilitate PC gaming while sitting on a couch, saying that the company now has a contact to mass manufacture the product.

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