Nokia delays N-gage gaming service launch

Nokia has again pushed back the launch of its gaming service N-gage due to delays in software testing, a spokesman said on Thursday, in the latest blow to the Internet services ambitions of the world's top cell phone maker. The gaming service, together with a music shop and mapping services, is one of the cornerstones of Nokia's drive into mobile Internet services under its new "Ovi" brand. Nokia has also pushed into next year expansion of its digital music store offering. Also Warner Music Group Corp has been withholding content from Nokia's only store in Britain. At the same time it has signed up Vodafone, Telefonica and Telecom Italia for Ovi.

Nokia unveiled the gaming service in August, saying at the time it would be available globally in November. But in November it was delayed into December. Nokia's spokesman Kari Tuutti said the service would be opened in early 2008. "We found one more issue which had to be solved before we could open the service," Tuutti said. Nokia is the first handset maker to move strongly into the content space with services like music or filing sharing site Mosh, where millions have downloaded audio or video files, programs or documents.

News source: Reuters

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This time making it a platform rather than a dedicated phone/console combo is the way forward. I'm personally interested in the new N95 8Gig and with the N-Gage platform built in, it's very appealing. Although, with the old N95 battery problem, I'm not too sure how many minutes or hours of gaming you'll get in before needing to charge the phone again. Of course this definitely won't dent any sales of PSP or DS for dedicated gaming purposes, but its a nice add-on so to speak.

You do know this is not another console? its a gaming platform for some of Nokia's top phones.

Im quite looking foward thise games after playing a couple of demo's on my N95, either way the quality of the games are 100 times better than all thise crappy Java games people seam to have on there phones!

Swordnyx said,
lol seriously N-Gage is a piece of crap.

It's not a console, it's a "platform". Think of it as Xbox live or PSN for phones.

Kushan said,

It's not a console, it's a "platform". Think of it as Xbox live or PSN for phones.

Ah yes I'm sorry I've mistook it for another version of that hideous "phone-console" that came in the years past.