At CES Asia 2016 announced some very interesting devices. One of them is the new console holding Tencent company, owner of the studio Riot Games – creators of League of Legends. The TGP BOX is called the Blade Box. Haier (one of the partners in the project) was responsible for the console’s hardware production, while Intel provided an advanced computing platform and innovative technologies, such as Intel sensing and smart home technology.
The console Blade BOX looks unusual and is equipped with TGP BOX mode and a Windows 10 operating system, with a sixth-generation Intel core i3 /i5 / i7 desktop processor. In TGP BOX mode, players can not only quickly download or update massive games from the game store, but also start a local game or live stream gaming sessions. So far, the TGP console has imported many Tencent games, such as League of Legends, FIFA Online 3, NBA 2K, Monster Hunter, Need for Speed, etc. In addition, the platform will also introduce more high-quality games from third-party developers this year. The controller is reminiscent of the Xbox One controller.
At this time it is unknown if the console will arrive in Western markets, as Tencent is a major player in the Asian market, although that market is mostly untapped in terms of gaming. According to game research institute Newzoo, China has 173.4 million gamers, the highest number in the world, and 65% of these are paying players. Relatively low average spending places China number two in global rankings based on total game revenue, just behind the US.
This is not the only one console from China. Recently also been shown console called Tomahawk F1 from FUZE. Fuze want to enter the console market in China as they see an opportunity to compete with Sony and Microsoft who have only just started selling their consoles officially there. Fuze believe that they can create a competitor console that can be successful in China and bring true console gaming to Chinese citizens and solve some of the issues that PS4 and XB1 have in China. The console is a lot smaller than the PS4 and Xbox One due to the fact that it is an Android console and does not have a disc drive. Fuze aim to cut down on distribution costs for publishers by only allowing games to be sold digitally and downloaded to the console.
Fuze Tomahawk F1 specifications:
- Nvidia Tegra K1 (4 Core A15 @ 2.2GHz
- Nvidia Keppler @ 852Mhz (325GLOPS)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 933Mhz32GB eMMC storage (Elite = 500GB HDD)
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth support
- HDMI, USB 3.0 x 1, Ethernet (Elite = Qi Wireless controller charger)
- Fuze OS (Android) + Open GL 4.4 & Open GL ES 3.1 support
- Chinese & English game support