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Asus May Be Developing an Android Game Box

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Here comes another Android console.

Image: Bluetooth SIGImage: Bluetooth SIG

Do we really need another Android console? Apparently so, as evidence suggests that Asus is jumping on that very bandwagon, possibly looking to score where a few of the current solutions have failed to hit. The device will be called Game Box, and the specs have appeared on AnTuTu while the controller struts its stuff all over the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website.

"Bluetooth 3.0 HID K+M combo device module," reads the description. "It is Android system for gaming markets that also added mouse mold for controlling on smart TV. 10 meters wireless Bluetooth control, 430mAH for up to 12 hours playing time."

Honestly, the Asus gamepad looks too much like a PlayStation DualShock controller, featuring the same rings of D-pad and action buttons (without the symbols). Admittedly, it's a bit more arched than Sony's gamepad, but at first glance, this controller could be mistaken as a third-party solution for the PlayStation console.

On the specs side, the Game Box will sport a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 (1.6 GHz – 1.9 GHz), a screen resolution of 1280 x 720, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and Android 4.3 "KitKat." Storage will likely be expanded using a microSD card and/or USB 2.0/3.0 port.

The benchmarks show the Game Box to be somewhat on par with Nvidia's own Shield handheld console. On a whole, the Shield did better, scoring a 37389 while the Asus unit scored 36024. On the 3D front, the Shield did slightly better while the Game Box had better performance in 2D rendering (by one point).

So far, the current Android console selections on the market include the OUYA, Nvidia's SHIELD, the GameStick, GamePop and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Amazon is rumored to be working on a set-top box with gaming capabilities, as well as Google. Heck, for all we know, Asus could be constructing the console for Google since they're already partners in the tablet arena.

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    knowom , March 16, 2014 4:09 PM
    Controller is nice, but otherwise it's not anymore impressive than Mad CatZ M.O.J.O. or Nvidia's SHIELD so it's nothing too exciting.
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    knowom , March 16, 2014 4:11 PM
    By the controller is nice comment I was referring to the play-station style D-Pad which I personally feel is the best D-Pad around.
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    JD88 , March 16, 2014 4:20 PM
    Everything comes down to price. How successful this will be is to be determined by how far under $200 they can keep it.
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    jasonelmore , March 16, 2014 5:37 PM
    I've got a Nvidia Shield, and honestly, the rest of these android consoles feel inferior. Nvidia's Console can do much more than these consoles, and it comes with a screen to boot.Streaming my PC Games is one thing, but Nvidia has the best game button mapping system on the market. Its has HUGE support from the emulator developers, and it can essentially become a N64, PS2, Game Boy (all of them), or PSP at a whims notice.Additionally if you install Unified Remote, you can basically control your whole setup from your bed.I cant wait for the new version. I really hope they add a bigger higher res display, Nvidia K1 Chip, Camera (front and back), and IR Blaster (for remote purposes). The controller quality is already phenomenal.
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    teknic111 , March 16, 2014 6:40 PM
    If I want an Android console, I will just build my own.
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    xAlias , March 16, 2014 6:44 PM
    How is android 4.3 kitkat?
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    edmoncu , March 17, 2014 12:13 AM
    Asus should have just focused on building a more powerful steambox rather than the stagnant and redundant android gaming market.
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    Datcu Alexandru , March 17, 2014 3:19 AM
    On a side note by phone has better specs, better resolution (full 1080p). A big screen (6.9). And can be connected to a tv and a gamepad.What is the point of this console again?
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    Datcu Alexandru , March 17, 2014 3:19 AM
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    On a side note my phone has better specs, better resolution (full 1080p). A big screen (6.9). And can be connected to a tv and a gamepad.What is the point of this console again?
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    DrBackwater , March 17, 2014 3:46 AM
    Whys everybody storming the atari market clone from the 2$ store.I mean i like those retro, a bit games with 200 classics for 50$, but why the repeat with android.
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    icemunk , March 17, 2014 4:38 AM
    I'll wait for a RK3288 stick pc for this purpose for $60
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    edmoncu , March 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Not to mention the proliferation of android tablets and phones where you have more freedom to play games...With ouya, it's kinda good because they made a unique console out of android. With shield, it set itself apart from ouya by bringing portability, and pc streaming gaming.But this one? Do you need another console to plug where? Especially after the release of this gen's consoles.And the specs are nothing anything spectacular at all.Asus wasted its time with this garbage
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    bloodroses75 , March 17, 2014 9:14 AM
    Lets hope they don't flood the market too bad with all these 'gadget' game systems out there. Last time the game market got over flooded, we ended up with a crash.....
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    Machinegun Kelly , March 17, 2014 2:10 PM
    If Android really wants to make a game console why not just release an app or have phones with features built in to accommodate this? USB-to-HDMI support natively and native bluetooth controller support and BAM, you have an Android game console.
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    JD88 , March 17, 2014 3:46 PM
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    If Android really wants to make a game console why not just release an app or have phones with features built in to accommodate this? USB-to-HDMI support natively and native bluetooth controller support and BAM, you have an Android game console.


    Good point. I've never really understood this either. Currently when you connect most phones via HDMI, the UI is simply mirrored onto the second screen in the same resolution with no scaling. Also, there is no way to turn the phone screen off during this process.

    Phones should be able to have a "docked" mode in which a screen scaled to the resolution and size of the display is show only on the secondary display.
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    ricegf , March 18, 2014 4:22 AM
    Actually, Android 4.3 is Jelly Bean. Kit Kat is Android 4.4. Please determine which, and fix the article. Thanks!
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    spookyman , March 18, 2014 5:47 AM
    Please fix this annoy web form you have adopted. Its annoying as hell.
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    Machinegun Kelly , March 19, 2014 3:54 PM
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    If Android really wants to make a game console why not just release an app or have phones with features built in to accommodate this? USB-to-HDMI support natively and native bluetooth controller support and BAM, you have an Android game console.


    Good point. I've never really understood this either. Currently when you connect most phones via HDMI, the UI is simply mirrored onto the second screen in the same resolution with no scaling. Also, there is no way to turn the phone screen off during this process.

    Phones should be able to have a "docked" mode in which a screen scaled to the resolution and size of the display is show only on the secondary display.


    They have a long way to go and I don't understand why this feature hasn't been explored more. Especially if Google released an official gamepad and cables to be sold separately, as would HTC and Samsung, etc. And if they don't want to work just contact the trusty folks at Logitech who have a history of being contracted out for official parts to OEMs.