Google is developing its own Android-based gaming console.
More competition is good. The article says Apple is joining the ranks, too. If Google and Apple go beyond just console android and app-based games, and include major offerings from massive publishers, this could be a real threat to Sony and M$.
android gaing is not taken seriously enough to be getting deals like Ea or Ubi. The graphics are still phone-like and they wouldn't risk it when MS and SOny and Nintendo are already doing it good
These are good news for us gamers. Android is really developers-friendly and more competition = more competition for better games = better games = lower prices. Wait&See though
Android gaming is 2 steps behind console gaming which is 2 steps behind PC gaming. Cloud game streaming ranks higher than android gaming for graphics and quality. A custom Andriod platform can't match up to consoles today. As ARM is still far away from having enough juice to compete against x86 platform for power. If they create an Andriod console that is more powerful than WiiU I wouldn't be to surprised. Ninendo might have to shift gears if they do. The only real deal with an Andriod console would be for NVIDIA to step back into console production as they can produce ARM CPUs as well as ARM APUs.
I hope it doesn't mainly consist of phone games and emulators, like a certain other android based console. Also here are some images of apple's console
Lol the pippin. If apple rejoins the console race...oh god. I can see it now. Get the console for $1199.99 and one controller.
I laughed, not because it is ridiculous, but because I can legitimately see that happening! XD
Yeah, I was looking at the Pippin stats on the Apple archive the other day. Worth a chuckle. Those things must be like hens teeth, they only sold 40,000 of the 100,000 they made. If you look at the joypad, it resembles the 'batarang' PS3 concept pad, but has a tracker-ball on one side. This is something I would like in a controller, speed and accuracy of a mouse if implemented correctly, (they can be awful otherwise). Well at least there's the touchpad now, I hope it gets utilised to its full potential.
Apple is kind of joining the game with its new unified controller certification, looks like there will be more competition.
I'm kind of tired of hearing about these Android gaming consoles, but if any company can make a good one, it's Google themselves. It all depends on the software, though.
It depends on hardware alot as well. OUYA is the only one at the moment with any real power to it and thats roughly equal to what the PS2 could do graphically or slightly better with Tegra 3 chip powering it. Using ARM CPU cores I don't expect the CPU to measure out to the same though. If they pushed to create a closed Andriod setup powerful enough that could last say 5 years. Then it would be alright type of system and something developers could learn how to utilize.
Awesome, hopefully it'll provide real competition and not just play garbage games like the Ouya.
Too many consoles.
This is one of the things that caused the gaming crash before. Too much saturation in the market.
I'll file this article under Who Gives a Flying [email protected]?k
Do we really need even more game consoles right now? There is such a thing as oversaturation.
Android is fantastic, but Google's track record of hardware is poor. The closest they've come to an Android console is probably the Nexus Q. Google should let others do the hardware, and just stick to making great services.
Just what we need...yet another console. Why even bother?
wow... a little to late.. maybe if these consoles came out last yr they might of been able to survive. but now that the PS4 and x1 will be out whos going to waste there time on these crappy consoles that makes games you can play on yur phones... once i get my PS4 i am not buying anyother console for a while and if i do x1 will be my next console.. i want to see apple and google get destroyed coming into enemy territory they cant handle sony
It's an entirely different market. These are designed to mop up the casual market who moved to tablets after buying Wii's in their millions.
Different market I agree on. But also a diverse market and with a powerful (a A15 based console can match PS3/WiiU) and open (!) console (most likely having yearly HW cycles) this can replace the "gaming PC" eventually. Open means not only games, but apps. XMBC, for example. I might crash the gaming market - at least for console holder (MS/Sony/Nintendo) or force them to adapt. All depends if such a console can be cheap and successful.
I don't believe A15 could match PS3's CPU. PS3's CPU measures out to 210 Gigaflops WiiU's CPU is around 99 Gigaflops or so. Guesstimating with 33 gigaflops per core. A15's CPU cores measures out to be far lower I believe. If there were a hive of them possibly it could. I do not know the Gigaflops of ARM processors. Tegra 4 is the closest thing to it. Which is up to 96 Gigaflops and that includes CPU + GPU. Only downside to ARM is that there is no heavy instruction sets for it to push more power out of the systems. Its light cheap CPU cores. Multiplied though it could be useful. NVIDIA is working on building heavier instruction sets and faster ARM chips to compare vs. x86 desktops within a few years they said. Its just not here yet. Still though all they really need for it to work is a system similar to current consoles. Heavy GPU + ARM CPU. Personally I would like to see 4 ARM CPUs + a big GPU in the system. That way it would be comparable, and the multiple little ARM cores + GPGPU compute could work out very effectively.
All Google has to do is slap their name on it and put out a 5 second commercial and this will sell like hotcakes.
Probably not a good move.
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