iQue Box

From Rare Gaming Dump

The iQue Box (codenamed "BB2" - BroadOn Board 2) was a cancelled successor to the iQue Player based on Nintendo GameCube hardware. It was to play region-locked GameCube discs exclusive to the iQue Box as well as CDs and DVDs. There were also plans for it to support online play, photo viewing, video playback, PC connectivity over USB, and playback of karaoke discs.

The iQue Box was mentioned in a Chinese interview, but little was known about it until a document describing it was exposed as a result of the Zammis Clark Breach.

The project was started around November 10, 2003 and was cancelled on or shortly before August 13, 2004 (per its CVS repository) due to BroadOn shifting work to the NNGC (Wii) project; the Wii is notably very similar to the planned iQue Box in functionality, but as the iQue Box project's hardware and software was early in development during its cancellation, most of the Wii's code was instead inherited from the original iQue Player and the iQue NetCard.

The console was not far into development when it was cancelled; it was still in its testing phase and exterior designs had not yet been developed, as evidenced by the short lifespan of its CVS repository - the development repository for the iQue Box was leaked on July 20, 2021 as part of the Zammis Clark Breach.


The iQue Box was designed around the unique demands of the Chinese market, including unique media & connectivity features which were not present in the GameCube. The target price of the system was USD$80-90 (lower than the retail price of a GameCube in the US in 2003-2004), although the DVD licensing fee was not included in this price. In early documents, a worldwide release was also considered.

According to a table of features found in a leaked document describing the iQue Box, the iQue Box was to include or support the following:

  • DVD playback
  • Video CD/Super Video CD playback
  • Audio CD playback
  • CD-R/MP3 playback
  • MPEG4/DivX playback
  • JPG photo viewing
  • Karaoke CD+G playback
  • Karaoke DVD playback
  • An optional karaoke singing game
  • An optional multi-function remote control
  • Parental controls
  • Streaming audio/video from and accessing photos on a PC
  • 2 USB ports
  • 2 microphone ports
  • Composite/component/S-Video output along with digital and analog stereo audio output
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Possible hard disk drive (this was undecided at the time of writing)
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Optional modem
  • Optional wireless connectivity
  • Dual-layer DVD support
  • On-screen karaoke menu capable of recording and playback from a USB drive
  • USB peripherals for third-party games
  • MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 playback from PC
  • Playback of games stored on PC
  • Possible GBA emulation (for playing back GBA games from a PC)

Proposed System Configurations

4 configurations were proposed for the iQue Box:

        1. Model A (Lowest Cost) - Limited USB 1.1 expansion + No HDD
        • 2 USB 1.1 ports (ALI chip) 
        • Ethernet 10/100 on-board (+$2)
        • No IDE HDD expansion
        • No 802.11g
        • Modem (standard USB 1.1 dongle: $25)
        2. Model B (Middle Cost) – Limited USB 1.1 expansion + HDD expansion
        • 2 USB 1.1 ports (ALI chip)
        • Ethernet 10/100 on-board (+$2)
        • IDE (interface on ALI chip) + mechanical adapter + HDD expansion slot (+$$)
        • No 802.11g
        • Modem (standard USB 1.1 module: $25)
        3. Model C (Higher Cost) – Expandable solution using PC Card Bus + HDD expansion
        • 2 PC Card slots (PCI-PC Card chip: +$5)
        • Ethernet 10/100 (standard PC Card module: $15)
        • IDE (interface on ALI chip) + mechanical adapter + HDD expansion slot (+$$)
        • 802.11g (standard PC Card module: $40)
        • Modem (standard PC Card module: $25)
        4. Model D (Highest Cost) – Expandable solution using USB 2.0 + HDD expansion
        • 2 – 4 USB 2.0 ports (USB 2.0 chip: +$6)
        • Ethernet 10/100 (standard USB 2.0 module: $15)
        • IDE (interface on ALI chip) + mechanical adapter + HDD expansion slot (+$$)
        • 802.11g (standard USB 2.0 module: $50)
        • Modem (standard USB 1.1 module: $25)