Google and Asus just announced a brand new console, based on Android of course, and coming packed with entertainment features and the ability to play Android games on a TV with a gamepad.
Makes sense all the other android based systems have sold so well......
Right, I came here to say that as well. An Android based system has never sold well, it's not gonna sell well. I just don't understand how something like this gets ok'd
None have ever been actually backed by google though. They aren't really selling a game system though. This would be more akin to a multi-function device that happens to play games. Different audience than from what we would get on here.
If Google had gotten this thing going before Ouya and the unlimited supply of crap android systems came, they might have been able to do something with this. But now, "Android console" has too much of a stigma to it, and that's really going to limit how successful this thing will be unless they put a LOT into it.
Ya. I'll wait to see if they announce some neat exclusives and policies before I consider it, but it's definitly intriguing. I just don't know if I have the time between ps4, wii u, and work/husband/kid duties lol
this is no more a 'console' than a smart phone is a 'handheld'... its just an android device that has its own TV partnerships for certain channels, has a chromecast built in, and can run android apps...some of those apps happen to be games... gaming is not even close to a focus for the device, its just another option to play mobile games on if you happen to be sitting in front of your TV... those other shatty devices sold as android based gaming consoles failed because they had no other redeeming features...this is something to compete with a roku or Fire TV...not a video game console...not defending it either way, just stating this site kind of cherry picked the last couple of bullet points of a pretty long feature list and called it a 'console' because of 3 or so lines about its ability to play phone games...
Why isn't it called the AsGoo? Or the Goosus. It's like Jesus but with this it probably won't be resurrected after it's inevitable death.
Yep because of OUYA's great success, they had to get in the market /s/s/s At least Google has money to back it though. OUYA had nothing left for an ad budget. I know it will most likely fail, and I hate to say this, but I HOPE it fails. What if it did take off... that could be bad for us core gamers.
The difference being that Google will be backing this one. Deep pockets can go a long way, just look at Microsoft... :D
I think theres quite a difference between what microsoft did with the original xbox and what google are doing. MS designed a system to compete against home systems, google have made a console that plays phone and tablet games. If google had made a system similar to the x1 or ps4 running android and where selling it as a full fat system, then maybe there money might make a differnce. But this is basically them trying to make you watch orange is the new black on their box instead of amazons.
yes, that is the big difference. I'm curious about how it will perform. Android being a Java-based system going up against the XB1 and PS4 that are coded to the metal. Seems like it wouldn't perform well.
Google doesn't back their products like that though. They basically create stuff, throw it out there. If it is a hit, so be it. If it fails, so be it.
I disagree because the 1st Xbox was a beast. This is just a Trojan horse in my opinion.
@kurruptor, Google does make stuff and throw it out there. Then they sabotage it. Chromecast could have been the greatest thing ever but then they started undercutting their own sales with restrictive firmware updates. People really do not need Chromecast to stream Netflix or Hulu. They wanted a device to cast their own media. Now systems are moving past the need for an external device to use such a feature and google has missed the boat. A boat which they could have captained.
^agreed... the entire Nexus line stopped making sense starting...today...
@morganfell & kleptic I've been saying this for a long time now, Google has to hire a good strategic planner who's is able (and allowed) to put all of Google's divisions into perspective. They are burning serious cash, intelligent work force and worse great ideas when they just throw stuff out there with virtually no planning whatsoever.
Well most of them have had issues. With google behind it i think it could do better than most have. Plus it is the first device to use android tv making it more than just a console. The biggest issue i have with it is the internal storage.
LOL. I was just gonna say "I can stack this right next to my Ouya".
Stopped reading at "based on Android"
Now that is so silly.
Im so excited to play android games on my TV.../s
So they are just competing against ios games then right and Ouya ? Once people get a controller like that in their hands though, they are most like going to want more. Which will lead them to a Wii U, PS4 or Xbox One. Even might lead them to a Vita or 3DS.
with that logic Sony should stop supporting android in their Mobiles ..if google enter to the console arena ..except if the android console dont count as cannon competition
Thanks for the opportunity Google/Asus. I love (and own)your products and all but I'll be passing on this. There's just no space in my home theater for a system to play games I only ever indulge in while pooping.
I hear they'll have a huge parking lot presence at next years E3.
So is this going to be going against the PS4/XB1 or Ouya?
Where´s ma GameStick?
I don't see why Google doesn't just make a REAL console to compete with Ps4 and XB1. They definitely have the money, and it would be interesting to see some new competition
Do we really need a 5th generation fiasco all over again??? To anyone who does not get the reference...google it. there were like...7-8 different platforms during that gen. It was CRAZY
How was that a fiasco, though? Do you mean fiasco for Sega, Atari, Commodore, and 3DO? Because I wouldn't so much attribute that to there being too many systems as I would to the fact that Sony and Nintendo had WAY better offerings and some of those companies were on their way out anyway.
There are already enough platforms. Also making a real console costs tons of money especially if you start from scratch. R&D is hugely expensive, getting devs on board wouldn't be cheap either even if it's for multiplatform games they will have to pay, building the full infrastructure, studios and departments. Yes they have deep pockets but starting from scratch takes very long and costs a massive amount.
Google is not starting from scratch. They can use a lot more power than mobiles in a console. A lot have happened with mobile HW since OUYA released... (this sector is moving fast)
This is Google we're talking about. They have enough money to sustain multiple R&D projects. Although with this take on a console they are playing it safe and probably testing to see who well it will be received.
I would rather they didn't. Just my opinion of course.
Google doesn't want the "high end" console market. Too costly to join, but a cheap little device that can grow into a sizeable market in the future. Why not? It is low risk, potential high reward! Heck, Asus is likely taking most of the hit and if it is a win, Google gets profit from software!
why would it be interesting when Sony should be majority choice? They have continuously offered the best games in each generation since it's debut...
I think Samsung should as they are much better at hardware.
This device includes a basic remote for just the basic entertainment stuff, and the controller is sold separately. It plays games, but just the Android stuff and is not a platform of its own. Gaming is clearly secondary. This is not a console by any means. This article is better suited for TechSpy...
I think you are partially right. I think though they are banking on Android as being cross platform which in fact is more than either Sony or Microsoft can pull off. There may be support for Xbox and PS controllers: http://www.techaholic.ca/20... which personally makes a difference. I think the developers will come ONLY if Google can sell a lot of these set top boxes. I don't think Google is so worried about the hardware, but they want to dominate the software aspect. Android game developers could really grow now.
As much as I generally like Google, I don't see them being any better than MS when it comes to restrictive policies. Sure google is all about open platform, but they are also about controlling markets and trying to tie everything under their google banner.
Rip in peace PS4 and Xbox One!
Its no joke amazon fire tv is number 1 in consoles on...well amazon.co.uk. Lets see how long that lasts.
Why do people think that Amazon rankings are an accurate metric to base things off of. There are so many units of everything that are sold in places and sites that are not Amazon. I mean the Fire TV is not exactly considered a wild success right now even if its sitting at the top of the list and of course Amazon is the place you would go first to buy an Amazon product in my mind.
Rest in peace in peace?
Yes. "RIP in peace" is a popular meme. http://knowyourmeme.com/mem...
So being dumb is a popular thing huh?
Lighten up a little
"So being dumb is a popular thing huh?" Watch Idiocracy, or at least the first few minutes that explain the premise, and try not to get a little creeped out by how prophetic it seems.
People don't understand sarcasm unless you put /s at the end. Yes, they are that stupid.
true but putting the /s after a sarcastic sentence defeats the whole purpose of being sarcastic.
@ Imalwaysright That's true but people are so mentally numb now a days that if you don't indicate your intent it gets blown out of proportion and thus misses it's intended purpose. I have seen it happen many times on here.
I'm not alone at least, it always gets me to see that stupid "/s" at the end of comments
No offence, but it can be hard to detect sarcasm from just text. Besides, for all you know, he was serious. Now, I do believe he was sarcasm, but personally, I think it's stupid to say that people are stupid cause they didn't get sarcasm in text only, when it's usually noticed by how someone says something.
yaaAAAAAaaaawwwn... sorry, is there something to be exited about here? Another way to play my mobile phone games on my 60" TV? pass.
Ram is pitifully low.
Please, no more consoles.. got too many out there already, three companies are too many. already
Another $139 streaming box w/ controller vs. the inevitable $150 PS3 or 360 holiday bundle. What is the sales strategy with these things?
If someone can get the manufacturing cost of these so called consoles. That may paint a vivid picture as to why they are making more Kind of like shoes, made in sweat shops for 3 dollars and solde in the u.s. for 180 dollars
ouya 2.0 .... good luck (not for me)
Why da hell doesnt Google release a beefed up console?! Like worth around 600-750 but comoarable to high end pcs of today. Im pretty sure google has the cash and resources
I don't think it would sell. People don't buy consoles because they are powerful. When the average consumer would compare X1, PS4 and the 'beefed up console', they would see that one costs almost double than the others. So what would be the point in buying that? And then there's the well-informed consumer who knows that the new console is more powerful and why it would matter. But he would likely also know he would get the better treatment on PC for similar price (if the power was all he was after). So the middle ground - the market for this console - would be kind of small. Then again if they can just make enough noise on how all the games on the console are 1080p & 60FPS, the average gamer would probably be all over it since those have become huge marketing terms...
A console with high end hardware would kill pc gaming pretty much, especially if it was cheap consoles are better at running games and millions of consoles with such hardware would kick pc gaming right into its grave, stop being ignorant
Is it just me or is this coming out and failing to show why it is better than the 4+ other devices just like it. There is nothing on the site that says this is better than your Roku, amazon FireTV, OUYA, Modded RPi or any other device because... All it says is that it does basically the same thing as all the rest. What a horrible way to announce a new product.
If this console is Android only that´s a dissapointement,no one cares about Android games,unless your on the wc,or on your way to work on the subway,their a good distraction nothing more,but when most of us reach our homes we want top tier videogames that´s why we have pc´s and consoles. It´s not gonna sell just like the Ouya didn´t sell... Now if this console was a mini pc similiar to the valve machine,now that would be a lot more interesting.
So a console that will be flooded with cheap indie style games. Kinda sounds like the PS4 ATM.
make snide comments all you like about Android and Sony's PS4, but the real truth it is a fight for the living room, one of which Sony is Soundly winning right now, and its not just talking about the ps4 only! people wonder how Sony got the Viacom deal, well this is one of the reasons exactly why! Sony makes one in four connected TV devices capable of streaming Internet video, technology research firm Strategy Analytics said in a report Thursday. http://news.investors.com/t... the chart http://news.investors.com/p...
Id actually love to see Samsung get in the console business.. They make good hardware and there tv's are top notch for the price.
samsung's hardware is pretty terrible, actually. they have bright screens, and thats about it. This is coming from someone with a samsung gaming laptop, 2 different samsung entertainment centers, and a history of samsung phones.