Cowon 3D, a V5W Rehash with Guess How Many Dimensions on Screen

cowon3d Cowon 3D, a V5W Rehash with Guess How Many Dimensions on Screen

Just when I wrote in my Cowon J3 review that I really want to see Cowon developing an insta-win PMP that looks and handles like the J3… well, they didn’t do that. Instead they are going to re-release the V5 with the faddest (this is a proper word, I just made it up) of all current fads tacked on, a glassless “3D” interface. Of course “3D” here means 2D plus depth, as seen in Pixar and Dreamworks movies everywhere.

I can see that gimmick being useful on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, adding an interesting twist to portable gaming, but come on – on a PMP? Where do you even get content to play on that thing? Another possibility of course would be that just the user interface is “3D”, not the videos that are supported. My gut feeling tells me this thing will stay in Korea and won’t see an international release. We will see.

As for other V5 3D specs, it’s said to play 1080p content on its 4.8″ 800×480 TFT screen, has an HDMI output, Wifi, two web browsers (Opera and a Korean one called uZard Web), and an SDHC slot. It still runs on ye olde Windows CE 6.0, and it’s still a TFT screen, no AMOLED or S-LCD. The 3D will be the first Cowon with 64GB internal memory, which is a step in the right direction. Korean release date is December 10th.

Official Korean Cowon 3D site – via Engadget.


Andreas on November 30, 2010 11:57 AM

This is so beyond stupid that you need to borrow a space shuttle to get there. Now if they released a 5″ device with 1280×720 resolution, that would be interesting.

MarvintheMartian on November 30, 2010 5:39 PM

The phrase “epic fail” comes to mind.

Adub on November 30, 2010 8:50 PM

I was expecting to be disappointed by the next large PMP cowon released, so nothing new here hehe.

Austin Welles on December 1, 2010 12:43 AM

This is simply a gimmick. Something you’d think was cool for the first ten minutes, then realize how much money you’ve just put into a toy. Doesn’t even sound mildly entertaining.

Roy on December 1, 2010 12:51 AM

Thats the kind of players that would sell in Korea

Xinz on December 1, 2010 2:16 AM

If that is a screenshot of the player’s UI, its god damn messy and ugly

Mr. Popo on December 1, 2010 9:01 PM

This thing may actually be pretty good. Id be looking forward to it if it gets an international release

Ashkan K on December 5, 2010 1:50 PM

This would do it!
It is like an J3 but with wifi and HD! why not buy this insted of the J3?

Martin Sägmüller on December 5, 2010 5:33 PM

It’s absolutely NOT like the J3. It’s a rehash of the V5.

Andre on December 23, 2010 6:04 AM

looks like a vaporware, but cowon never betrayed us so we have to wait

Kasper on December 25, 2010 12:28 AM

Rockchip is developing a similar player as of right now, called the supernova x1. it is said to be able to play 3d video, but as raz from mp4nation got his hands on one he said it is a strain to the eyes and may resuld in headache.. we’ll see

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