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Quadratum
Quadratum 1.5
Quadratum, version 1.5, in LittleBigPlanet 2.
Details
Initial Release Date Quadratum 1.0
March 1st, 2012
Last Update Version 1.5
August 21st, 2012
Mainstream Support Discontinuation August 21st, 2012
Extended Support Discontinuation March 1st, 2013
Developer GameEx + robbit10 [PSN]

The Quadratum was a video game console product line collaborated between Billy Anderson and robbit10 (PSN ID). It was released on March 1st, 2012, and was officially discontinued with complete support dropped on March 1st, 2013.

For a list of some of the games released for it, see List of Quadratum games.

FeaturesEdit

The original Quadratum was the first branded 'Media' console in LittleBigPlanet to be able to play several different kinds of media - ranging from Games, Photos, Music, Cut-scenes, and 'Other Media'. The JukeBox XI was released prior to the Quadratum, and could play Music and Software, however Software is not considered Media.

More media enhancing features were added in later updates

HistoryEdit

Before the release of Quadratum, Anderson's primary console to work on was the GameExpo II, whilst robbit10 had released the JukeBox XI. During early GameExpo development a deal was made so that the GameExpo would not broaden into music and JukeBox XI would not expand into other types of media, in order to respect the other developer's device. Eventually both creators decided that the deal limited the expansion of their seperate lines, and decided that it would be beneficial to collaborate on a media console together that would incorporate both gaming and music, as well as expending into other types of media.

Concepts of combining GameExpo and JukeBox XI had been created by Anderson before. One concept of which, the GameBox, is on display in the level 'T-Games Scrapyard'.

On February 24, 2012 Anderson announced the console via a comment on his TardisBill profile stating "NEW CONSOLE TO BE RELEASED!!! The GameExpo II and the JukeBox XI & AMAZINGNESS Have combined into making an awesome, superior new portable MEDIA console! This new console will be named on the 27TH OF FEBRUARY and will be released on the 1ST OF MARCH! To see pictures and up to date information, check out the pictures at the side of my profile!!!!!". On February 17, 2012 Anderson announced the name in a comment stating: "NEW CONSOLE TO BE RELEASED!!! The GameExpo II and JukeBox XI have combined into a new, advanced, cartridge based portable MEDIA console! This new console is called the Quadratum, and will be released on the 1ST OF MARCH! To see pictures and up-to-date info, check out my profile!"

Quadratum was not initially a T-Games console. After the initial launch of the Quadratum, robbit10 showed little interest in developing the line further, leading Anderson to create the updates himself. Anderson was determined to give T-Games the rights to Quadratum, as other T-Games members such as lionfish-swarm29 and Crusher1007 began to work on updates whilst robbit10 increasingly showed less interest, however robbit10 declined. This caused tensions to arise between the two creators, and eventually lead Anderson to suddenly cease development on the line and start a new IP - this ended up being The NeXT Generation.

Eventually, after discussions between Anderson and robbit10, it was settled that the console is regarded as being a collaboration between GameEx and robbit10, and therefore is officially regarded as a licensed T-Games console.

The final update for Quadratum took place on August 21 2012, and with it GameEx announced that mainstream support for the Quadratum had ended and that there would be no more updates to the line.

On March 1 2013, the Quadratum's extended support was discontinued by GameEx and T-Games. As a result, the Quadratum hub level was locked and made a sub-level in order to prevent any players accessing it. Eventually, on March 29 2013 (at 10:44 GMT), the level was deleted. Even though the level remained online for 4 weeks after discontinuation, level data was not archived and information regarding plays, updates, comments and reviews was lost.

Update LogEdit

Version Number Official Release Date Development Name Change Log Archived
v1.0 1st March 2012 Quadratum
  • Original release console
Yes
v1.1 Unknown Unknown
  • If a cartridge is removed, the sound and image from the cartridge is now also removed
No
v1.2 March 13, 2012 Unknown
  • Fixed Next/Previous not working on certain skins (Fluid + Aqua)
No
v1.3 Unknown Unknown
  • Fixed welcoming tune not playing on all skins (v1.1 bug)
No
v1.3.1 Unknown Unknown
  • Fixed shut-down tune not working if the console was shut down within 5 seconds of it being turned on (1.3 bug)
No
v1.3.2 Unknown Unknown
  • Added 'Shuffle File' option, to randomly select a file
No
v1.4 Unknown The Music Update
  • Changed how files work, but made the old ones compatible, too
  • Added 'Play Styles' (You can now choose whether music files skip, shuffle or repeat automatically after a custom song)
  • Changed intro/outro tune
  • Changed cartridge boot up sound & added display for the intro/outro tune
  • Fixed the seperate 'Shuffle' option so that it doesnt constantly make the 'Next' sound whilst shuffling
Yes
v1.5 21st August 2012 Unknown (Originally 'The Internet Update')
  • Changed design
  • Changed Intro/Outro tune
  • Changed Intro/Outro screen
  • Changed Intro/Outro message
  • The rest of the update log is unknown
Yes

At this point, T-Games was not archiving its consoles, therefore T-Games does not have many Quadratum versions stored. Since the Quadratum is now officially discontinued, it's unlikely that the lost versions will ever be restored

Version 1.5 Update and the NeXTEdit

The T-Games development team expected to add more features in version 1.5, such as a modem updating feature, online storage, and an app store. The update was originally teased by Anderson on May 8, 2012 via a comment on his TardisBill profile stating "Something big for the Quadratum is currently under development... Look in my pictures for more information...". On May 19, 2012 Anderson made another comment revealing the features of the upcoming update, stating: "1.5 is not out yet, but here's what's in teh new console: New design, New intro/outro song, screensaver, bug fixes, Quadratum Network (needs modem): Update your Quadratum in less than 5 seconds without going to the hub! App Store! Store files in the 'cloud'! Move support! PONG [2P] has been upgraded, and new versions of Breakout & Block Drop from the GameExpo are coming to Quadratum! v1.5 coming soon!". However, tensions arose between the original collaborators, ultimately resulting with the creators ditching further progression on the update.

After this, the creators broke off to create individual projects singularly. This step would lead to the creation of the NeXT by GameEx.

At that point, v1.5 was still unreleased, and consumer demand for the update had reached intense amounts. Despite being unfinished, Quadratum 1.5 still made a release in its hub on the 21st of August 2012, where the incomplete features had been removed. August the 21st was also the day when the creators of the Quadratum decided to continue mainstream support for the Quadratum. This meant no more updates were to take place until the Quadratum's extended support was discontinued on the 1st of March 2013, when the Quadratum was removed from the LittleBigPlanet servers.

Quadratum MusicaEdit


Quadratum Musica
Q - Musica
Quadratum Musica in LittleBigPlanet 2.
Details
Initial Release Date Quadratum Musica 1.0
2012
Last Update Unknown
2012

Because the Quadratum could also be used for playing music files, an edition of the Quadratum titled the Quadratum Musica was released that could play only music files. This was created to save space. The Quadratum Musica was released with the Quadratum 1.4 update. (The NeXT MP3 used this concept, and the engine would be almost equivalent.)

EditionsEdit

Qbeta

The Quadratum given to beta testers in the T-Games Console Gallery.

A special Quadratum theme was given to beta testers and later appeared in the T-Games Console Gallery.

An amalgamation of Quadratum and GameExpo, titled QuadExpo, was released by SP_Sour during version 1.4's release time. It wasn't an official edition, but for T-Games, it received high consumer acclaim.

Official Support TerminationEdit

The Quadratum was officially discontinued on the 21st of August 2012 (the same day as the v1.5 Update, and when the T-Games NeXT was released).

Even though the console was announced to be officially discontinued, its giveaway level remained available to the public until its 1 Year anniversary (The 1st of March, 2013). On the 1 Year anniversary, the giveaway level was made unaccessable to the public.

A few months after the levels were made unaccessable to the public, the Quadratum level was deleted from LittleBigPlanet, and has never been published again since. Even though the levels had remained online after being made inaccessable for months, no arhiving of information on the levels took place. This resulted in a mass of data becoming lost - including update logs and news bulletins.

The only times the Quadratum has been seen in a T-Games level since the Official Support Termination was in The T-Games Scrapyardlevel in LittleBigPlanet 2. In this level, the Quadratum, Quadratum Musica and Quadratum Alpha models are showcased as being a 'scrapped' piece of T-Games work.

The set of 'T-Games Scrapyard' was also used to create a part of the set for Episode 4 of Tremors. This means that the Quadratum models can all be seen residing in the same place as they were in the T-Games Scrapyard.

EtymologyEdit

During early development of the Quadratum, the initial name was suggested to be Quadratum Oculos, which translates to "Square Eyes" in Latin. The name Square Eyes is a disorder in which one has exceeded a regular time for viewing a television screen normally. The principal idea was that consumers would be "glued" to the Quadratum's display for its general nonconformity and reception.

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