The Android gaming console scene was expected to be a huge hit after a few consoles were successful on Kickstarter, including the wildly successful OUYA. However, things haven’t been so great for these devices. Whether it’s due to poor software, lack of games or just lack of interest, Android gaming consoles simply haven’t taken off.
This doesn’t mean that manufacturers have given up on the devices. We’re still waiting to see how the $250 Mad Catz M.O.J.O. does in the market. But Huawei is intent on making a high quality gaming console, and making it affordable while its at it. The company announced the Huawei Tron, its new gaming console destined for the Chinese market.
The little device is impressive, with a Tegra 4 processor (matching the M.O.J.O. and leaving the Tegra 3-powered OUYA behind), 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB of storage, Android 4.2.3, a USB 3.0 port and of course WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Best of all, Huawei expects to sell it for less than $120, or less than half of what Mad Catz is selling its console for.
The controller looks like it came from the Xbox design team, with an added circle touchpad right in the center. The console itself is a cylinder, and a very small one at that. It could really gain some popularity if it’s marketed right. Is this the real start of the Android gaming console revolution? We’re not so sure, but tell us your opinion in the comments!