There are already quite a couple of Android gaming consoles out in the market today such as the OUYA and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. to name a few. These devices offer an alternative gaming platform that is considered cheaper than the Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Equiso Play is another upcoming Android gaming console that aims to make it into the market this year.
Equiso Play is an open source console designed to bring affordable gaming to consumers. Unlike regular consoles that uses bundled controllers this device uses your smartphone as a controller. This means that you will be able to play a game using touch based controls, use the built-in gesture recognition as well as the accelerometer of your phone. If you are worried about the lag that may occur between your smartphone and the console the developers have this covered. A second Wi-Fi chipset has been added that allows for real time movement. Gamers who don’t want to use their smartphones can also use most USB or Bluetooth controller when playing.
- Android 4.4
- 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A9 r-4 CPU
- 8-core Mali 450 GPU, clocked at 600MHz
- 2 USB ports, micro-USB, micro-SD, Ethernet, HDMI 4.1, 3.5mm and optical audio-out ports
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 8 GB flash storage
- 1 GB DDR3 RAM 32-bit channel
- 2 Chipsets 802.11n Wi-Fi
What sets the Equiso Play from other gaming consoles is that it is designed to be open to hacking. Consumers will be able to modify not only its hardware but its software as well.
Aside from being able to play games this device offers a lot more since it comes with Google Play access. This means that you will be able to install your favorite apps on it such as Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, or Chrome.
A high end Equiso Play model is also available which has similar features of the regular model but with 2GB RAM, 16GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, active cooling fan, and 4K video support.
Equiso Play is currently running a campaign over at kickstarter with the aim of reaching a funding goal of $250,000. Right now $14,172 has already been raised with 37 days left in the campaign.
Head out over to the Kickstarter page of this project if you are willing to support it. An early bird special of $89 will get you one Equiso Play which is expected to be delivered this coming July.