Mar 13 AT 1:17 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

ASUS controller goes through Bluetooth SIG, now where’s the game console?


You can say what you want about the Android game console market, but there is one thing it isn’t: successful. The OUYA is probably the most popular of the bunch thanks to its huge Kickstarter campaign, but as far as we can tell, its post-launch success has been very small. Mad Catz gave it a shot with the M.O.J.O. (I hate writing that name), and a few other companies have had Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns for various Android-based gaming consoles.

ASUS controller

Now it looks like we might see ASUS inexplicably join this market soon as well. A Bluetooth controller has passed through Bluetooth SIG, hinting at a gaming console that’s been rumored before. The description states that it is for an “Android system for gaming markets” and that it contains a 430mAh rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 12 hours of gameplay. I like that it comes with a rechargeable battery out of the box, unlike the Xbox One controller. ASUS, you’re doing something right.

However, I can’t imagine this console gaining traction with consumers considering how unsuccessful all of the others have been. Every time ASUS releases a cool product in a doomed market, it fails. Just look at Google TV boxes. ASUS makes some great hardware, but the Android gaming console market is just not strong one. Let’s hope ASUS has something awesome up its sleeve. Would you give an ASUS gaming console a try or have you given up on the Android console market? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Police

Source: Bluetooth SIG

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • BlazeHN

    And here I am, having fun all the morning playing Gradius Advance (GBA) on my Moga Hero controller :)

  • steve99

    I love android gaming, especially old mame, nes, snes, genesis, neo geo, turbografix, play station, Sega,n64, and even dreamcast and game cube are getting into the action. I would like to buy a good controller for hooking up to the TV when I do play. Right now I use the wii remote and wii app to play, but it doesn’t really have enough buttons. You can also use play station remote with an app to play, that would be better. Really if people knew the full potential of their flagship phone foe emulation, the gaming world would be a huge success. Most people when I show them, they can’t believe it. That’s without hooking it up to the TV with a controller, truly amazing. I love Android

    • Dima Aryeh

      It’s quite amazing what you can do with emulation. A $100 game console, a la OUYA but with the Play Store, would be awesome purely for media streaming and emulation. But these $200 consoles are a bit overpriced, don’t you think? We already have flagship hardware in our phones.

  • BlazeHN

    If you already have haedware then just need to buy a controler and cable for TV, not hardware again.

  • donger

    This controller looks like a older pc controller.

  • Mr Blonde

    The ace up the sleeve should be Steam OS / Android dual boot. Add chrome OS triple boot to go over kill, but i think most people will only want 1 OS.

    • Jack

      i’m praying for a android laptop tablet hybrid with a tegra k1 denver and dual boot android and steam os for normal android and productivity but then switch gears to hardcore gaming, I wouldn’t imagine this would be too hard they have dualbooting android and arch-linux roms out.