A new player is reportedly going to enter the Android console business as was revealed from a leaked AnTuTu benchmark result. Details of the Asus GameBox show that it could rival the NVIDIA Shield and in fact both devices have similar hardware specs. One thing worth mentioning is that the GameBox comes with its own display so it’s more of a handheld gaming device rather than console like the OUYA.
Based on the initial results the Asus GameBox will run on Android 4.3 and will be using an NVIDIA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, an internal storage of 8GB, and a display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. There is no mention of the size of the display or whether this device will have a camera. Since this is obviously an early prototype then Asus may be improving on the design.
If you are familiar with the Shield then you will see that both devices seem to have the same specs. The Shield has the following specs
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Flash Memory
Right now the NVIDIA Shield is only available in the US and Canada for $250. If the Asus GameBox were to push through then it will become more widely available and will most probably cost less.
Overall we might not see a huge performance difference between both devices and if the GameBox were to cost cheaper then it’s going to become the more attractive option.
There’s been quite a lot of activity in the Android gaming scene lately as several manufacturers are releasing devices that are dedicated for gaming alone. This is because the Android gaming scene has matured a lot and with developers releasing quality titles a lot of people are now exploring games on their devices. Manufacturers are giving consumers with a different option, so instead of playing games on a smartphone or tablet the Android gaming console is created which can enhance the overall experience.
Since nothing is official yet and we’re not even sure if the GameBox will be made by Asus then let’s all treat this with a grain of salt.