It was previously rumored that Asus was developing a gaming console that could connect into a TV and play Android games. The Asus Game Box was first spotted when its AnTuTu benchmark result was leaked online which shows that it will be running on Android 4.3 and will use an Nvidia TEGRA 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor.
Right now its controller has also been spotted in the Bluetooth website which further gives proof that the company is indeed coming up with a gaming device. The wireless controller apparently connects to the console using Bluetooth 3.0 technology. It comes with two analog sticks, a D pad, two shoulder buttons, arrow buttons, select button, start button, and XYBA buttons. It is powered by a 430mAh battery that’s expected to give it up to 12 hours of gaming time.
Asus is still keeping the device a mystery little information about it being released. What we do know is that it will also have a 2GB RAM, 8GB of storage and will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The AnTuTu benchmark also lists a resolution of 1280×720 pixels but then this could only mean that it reported what display was connected to the device at the time the test was conducted. There’s a big chance that this device won’t come with its display.
If Asus is indeed going to release an Android gaming console then the Asus Game Box will compete against the other Android oriented consoles already out in the market today. There’s the OUYA and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. with GamePop also coming to the market soon.
Another big name company is also expected to launch its own Android gaming console for under $300. Amazon has been rumored to be developing a gaming console and was supposed to be launched at the end of 2013. That timeframe has already passed however sources say that the company is still moving forward with the project.
As far as the AnTuTu benchmark result of the Asus Game Box goes, it reveals that the device can go head to head with the NVDIA Shield and even surpasses the Shield in some areas of the tests.