This page is an incomplete list of known examples of vaporware, in alphabetical order by product name:

List of vaporwareEdit


  • RED Scarlet - 3K digital film-like modular movie camera under $3K, and recording 120 fps in the same quality as similarly sized DSLR's take still, with the original release date 2009. May NOW be released 2010, invoking Scarlet fever amongst indie movie makers. The initial promise "3K for $3K" was scrapped as new features were added and expenses rose. The minimum price for a usable product will NOW be $4750 for a camera with one, single, irremovable fixed lense (as in solid), a Red Volt battery with 40-60 min battery time, a Compact Flash port with 10-15 min recording time to a 16GB CF card, added with a few hours processing time of the Red Raw footage using a modern CPU. For better and more practical features - like interchangeable lenses, RED Brick with a few hours battery time, HDD/SSD storage and realtime processing of Red RAW footage with the Red Rocket PCI card - the initial cost of a Scarlet will at least be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. Founder of Red Digital Cinema Camera Company is James Jannard, also founder of the sunglass company Oakley, Inc. Camera featured as 3rd in's list "Vaporware 2009: Inhale the Fail" - Question is if it will also be featured in's 2010 list - if so, it will probably take 1st place. All the above may be subject to change after NAB 2010, April.
  • Action Gamemaster - a handheld device designed by Active Enterprises[1]
  • L600 - a Linux-based game console/computer produced by Indrema
  • Phantom - a console gaming system developed by Infinium Labs[2]


  • Duke Nukem Forever - announced in 1997 and went on to be a six-time winner of Wired's Vaporware Award and a winner of their Lifetime Vaporware Achievement. After thirteen years in development, the developer 3D Realms shut down May 6, 2009.[3][4]
  • StarCraft: Ghost - a third-person shooter based on the StarCraft universe by Blizzard has been "postponed indefinitely" after five years of development.[5]


  • Ovation - An integrated software package for DOS that was announced by Ovation Technologies in 1983. Written about in many computer magazines at the time, Ovation was never released.[6]

Standards and specificationsEdit


  • Vantive's Lawsuit in the late 90s[8]

Surfaced vaporwareEdit

Products which once were considered to be Vaporware which eventually surfaced after a prolonged time:


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Vaporware '99: The 'Winners'". Wired. 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "The last year of the last decade before 2000 has come and gone, but the Vaporware 1999 "winners" are still a dream to some, and a nightmare to others." 
  3. McEntegart, Jane (2009-05-06). "Report: Duke Nukem Developer Shuts Down". Tom's Hardware.,7736.html. 
  5. Blizzard Postpones StarCraft: Ghost Indefinitely, GameSpy March 24, 2006 (retrieved March 25, 2006)
  6. "Famous Vaporware Products". BYTE. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  8. Vantine Corporation securities litigation
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Vaporware 2000: Missing Inaction". Wired. 2001. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "The bona fide beginning of the new millennium is almost upon us, but some things never change: The tech industry continues to whip up excitement by promising amazing new technologies, only to crush our spirits by delaying, postponing, pushing back or otherwise derailing the arrival of said goods -- sometimes indefinitely." 
  12. "Vaporware 2002: Tech up in Smoke?". Wired. 2003. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "As 2002 ends, there is a lot of unfinished business in various corners of the tech world. We are referring, of course, to vaporware: hot, must-have products promised but never delivered." 
  13. "Vaporware 1998: Windows NT Wins". Wired. 1999. Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "Each December, Wired News petitions its readers for the year's most egregious examples of vaporware. This time last year, our research team was busily running down broken promises, empty hype, and slipping ship-dates all over the technology kingdom." 
  14. "Vaporware 2001: Empty Promises". Wired. 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "Whatever you like to call it -- the New Economy, the Dot-Com Economy, the Clinton Years -- one thing is now clear about the period of prosperity that began in the mid-'90s and was snuffed out early last year." 
  16. First impressions - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Eurogamer

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