Chinese gaming company Snail Games has unveiled a new Android-powered game console that has the same processor as NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet.

The OBox is a small gaming box with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, and a hard drive bay for a larger amounts of storage that you can use to store games, music, movies, or other files.

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The branding on this box makes it pretty clear Snail Games wants you to think of the OBox as a sort of Xbox alternative for folks who don’t mind running Android games rather than console titles (I guess the good news is that Android games tend to be a lot cheaper… and there are some nice-looking games that are optimized for Tegra chips, thanks to the NVIDIA Shield product family).

There will be at least two versions of the OBox. One features a 2.2 GHz Tegra K1 processor, while the other has a 2 GHz processor. Both chips are 32-bit, ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor with NVIDIA Kepler graphics featuring 192 GPU cores.

Snail Games says the boxes feature support for H2.65, 4K video encoding and decoding, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, 3 HDMI ports, S/PDIF, and 5.1 channel audio.It also comes with a wireless game controller with gaming buttons and motion controls.

Not happy with those specs? The OBox actually has 4 different modules, one each for the motherboard, processor board, multi-media board, and hard drive. The company says you’ll be able to choose the modules you want when you buy the device. You’ll also be able to upgrade the OBox in the future by replacing a single module rather than the whole device.

Snail Games hasn’t yet said how much the OBox will cost or when (or where) it will be available.

via CNX Software

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13 replies on “Snail Games OBox: Tegra K1-powered Android gaming box”

  1. Immernoch zu früh. Der erste SoC der Spiele stemmen könnte ist der Tegra X1.
    Die Zeit der Micro-Konsolen kommt 2016! Neue 64 Bit CPU’s, 50% schnellere LPDDR4 Speicher, neue GPU’s wie Pascal, Android 5.0+ Ouya kam als totaler Flop. Es gab mehrere Gründe aber der größte war wohl ein Tegra 3 statt einem Tegra 4. Sonst war das Konzept gut und alles hätte besser werden können.
    Mit einem neuen Konzept kann man 2016 mit einem Tegra basierend auf Nvidia Pascal eine echt gute Micro Konsole bringen. Vielleicht macht das Nvidia sogar selbst.

  2. Umm hey , article states both chips are 32bit variants , right? Then how come a 32bit CPU/SoC handle 4Gb RAM??

  3. I think its going to be over $450.
    The Jetson board tegra k1 some developers are porting Linus.
    PVR function
    Multimedia
    Nvidia
    Promising

  4. 3 hdmi ports… OK, that’s interesting. Well, the whole thing is interesting. The 3 hdmi ports is quite curious. It supports multi-screen surround setup then I suppose?

  5. If it costs more than $150, I would say an Xbox 360 is a better value.

    But then again the Android box would have a much easier time running retro game Emulators. But it doesn’t take a box this powerful to do that.

    A while ago someone here said that the Chinese goverment was banning Android TV boxes. I wonder if this is a way to circumvent the ban, to call it a gaming system.

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