Another dedicated Android gaming console is about to enter the market and this time around it is from smartphone maker ZTE and game developer The9. The device is called Fun Box and it’s expected to be out in the Chinese market later this month. Both companies are confident that the gaming console will pass all of the regulatory hurdles in China as the country has just recently lifted the 14 year ban on home consoles.
ZTE is one of the top Android smartphone manufacturers in China today while The9 is best known for partnering with Blizzard entertainment and bringing World of Warcraft to China. The partnership between these two could easily pave the way for the Fun Box to become the leading legal console in the Chinese market.
The Fun Box is shaped like a cube and comes in various colors. It is going to be one of the most powerful Android gaming consoles to be released in the market as it uses an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor (the same processor being used by Mad Catz M.O.J.O.). It has 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and is packaged with a Bluetooth wireless game controller.
- CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 1.8Ghz
- GPU: NVIDIA 72, Open GL ES 3.0
- OS: Android 4.3
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- Internal Storage: 8GB
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.5Ghz/5.8Ghz Dual Band, Bluetooth
- Ports: USB, Micro-USB
By using an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor combined with 2GB of RAM the Fun Box will be more than capable of handling all of the available HD games in the market. Aside from performing as gaming console consumers will also be able to use it to stream high definition video content as well as play video from connected USB devices.
As far as the availability of gaming titles goes both companies are currently in negotiations with Chinese and international game developers to bring popular titles to the device.
It’s also announced that the Fun Box will only be sold in China.
This latest venture between ZTE and The9 aims to tap the growing gaming market in China. It is estimated that the video game market in this country is the third largest in the world and that by 2015 it will generate $10 billion in revenue.
The Fun Box won’t be the only gaming console available in China as Microsoft has partnered with BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, in a $79 million venture to take advantage of the lifting of the gaming console ban. It’s still not known if Microsoft will bring in a new device or will offer its Xbox One.