Last year we had the opportunity to spill some digital ink here on GforGames, concerning the mobile gaming market. The main attraction of 2013 has been the NVIDIA Shield, a hand-held console that brought Android gaming and PC streaming to a new level. The console had its pros and cons, but nevertheless, it’s an impressive piece of technology, and in all honesty, we’d like this segment to expand further by the end of 2014.
Thankfully, it appears that a Shield competitor might be hitting the shelves in the future. This mysterious contender is being developed by ASUS and bears the “Gamebox” moniker. Check it out below.
ASUS Working on an NVIDIA Shield Competitor
Judging by the information that we’ve been able to pick up from the official AnTuTu website, the ASUS hand-held packs hardware components that are quite similar to NVIDIA’s device. The Gamebox features a Tegra 4 4+1 core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz, an NVIDIA GeForce ULP graphics chip, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. The gadget seems to be running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and while the size of the screen hasn’t been revealed in the benchmark, it appears that the panel features a resolution of 1280 x 720.
As you’re about to see below, there isn’t a huge difference between the Shield and the Gamebox in terms of hardware performance.
So, if the Gamebox is not an improvement over the Shield, then what’s the point anyway? First of all, this might be a protoype so the results of the final version will probably be different (as in better).
We’re also thinking that ASUS’ alternative might hit the shelves at a very attractive price. More so, perhaps the Gamebox has a few aces up its sleeve in terms of streaming and whatnot. It’s too early to judge the book by its cover, but we’ll definitely dig deeper and keep our eyes peeled on this hand-held.
Are you a Shield owner? What features would the Gamebox have to offer in order for you to gain an interest in it?