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Google console rumoured to be in the works

Google console rumoured to be in the works

The success or failure of the Ouya will be an excellent way to show if there is a market for Android-based consoles.

Google is working on an Android-powered games console according to the Wall Street Journal.

Anonymous sources close to the matter say that the search giant is developing a console in order to compete with similarly rumoured devices that Apple might be working on as part of its Apple TV product line.

The rumoured console is expected later this year, launching alongside the second version of its Nexus Q media centre and a rumoured Android-based smart-watch.

Google also is releasing the next update of Android, code-named Key Lime Pie, later this year. The company is looking to bring the operating system to a wider range of devices including laptops and even household appliances like refrigerators.

According to research from International Data Corporation (IDC), Google's open source Android mobile operating system currently powers approximately 75% of smartphones and 57% of tablets shipped in the first quarter of 2013.

As a gaming platform, Android certainly has no shortage of titles for it and the eventual success or failure of projects like the Ouya will prove whether or not there is a market for a dedicated Android console.

The $99 Ouya Android console started selling earlier this week. Being an open source platform, the console is capable of running several emulators which has been seen as many as an unofficial selling point for the device. The console maker itself also sparked controversy by tweeting out a picture of the device being used to play Super Mario Brothers accompanied by the #Freethegames hashtag.

Rumours of the Android console and Android smart-watch do suggest that Google is keeping a close eye on the Kickstarter scene, with the Pebble smart-watch being one of the most successful crowd-funded campaigns to date, raising more than $10m in funding.

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Dave Lister 28th June 2013, 14:25 Quote
I didn't realize the Ouya had been released, $99 ! why is amazon uk asking £99 ?? Anyway i'd be interested in a cheap android console if i could plug an external hdd in and use it for media playback
mi1ez 28th June 2013, 15:37 Quote
What's in it for Google? I don't see why they would bother. I can see mass market devices like phones and tablets where they can really showcase their OS but I can't see why they'd spend any money developing a console.
Ljs 28th June 2013, 15:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
What's in it for Google? I don't see why they would bother. I can see mass market devices like phones and tablets where they can really showcase their OS but I can't see why they'd spend any money developing a console.

I'm guessing one reason is the same reason why the Nexus 4 is subsidised by them - more access to GooglePlay = more revenue through App sales.
rollo 28th June 2013, 15:43 Quote
No chance, ouya reviews are out there and its hardly setting the world on fire in reviews that I've seen. Nvidias project shield pre order sales were so poor it got a price reduction.

Andriod games and iOS games for that matter are great on your phone or tablet but you don't want to play angry birds on a 40inch screen.

There's very few games that work well on a big screen that are on either mobile platform.

FIFA. Need for speed and driving games would be the best of the bunch.
Ljs 28th June 2013, 15:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
No chance, ouya reviews are out there and its hardly setting the world on fire in reviews that I've seen. Nvidias project shield pre order sales were so poor it got a price reduction.

Andriod games and iOS games for that matter are great on your phone or tablet but you don't want to play angry birds on a 40inch screen.

There's very few games that work well on a big screen that are on either mobile platform.

FIFA. Need for speed and driving games would be the best of the bunch.

I've only read a very limited amount of things on the Ouya but from what I gather the main draw backs seem to revolve around the product not being very refined more than anything.

Sure, you or I wouldn't want to play Angry Birds on a 40inch screen but I am sure many others will, I can see products like this being popular with parents who don't fancy forking out £400 for the latest console and have children who constantly play games on their phone. I may be way off though.
fdbh96 28th June 2013, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
What's in it for Google? I don't see why they would bother. I can see mass market devices like phones and tablets where they can really showcase their OS but I can't see why they'd spend any money developing a console.

Because they want to know everything about you because thats how they make their money. If they know what games your playing or even all films/music you have then they can sell that info to people. Also it would probably use the play store which would bring in revenue.
Hg 28th June 2013, 18:56 Quote
Problem with Ouya and Gamestick etc is they use there own market places therefore any games purchased for your Android tablet/phone through google play will not work :(
A google console with access to your games already purchased would better suit me as i do not want to pay for a game twice on the same platform.
It was for this reason alone i withdrew my kickstater pledge for Ouya.
runadumb 30th June 2013, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
No chance, ouya reviews are out there and its hardly setting the world on fire in reviews that I've seen. Nvidias project shield pre order sales were so poor it got a price reduction.

Andriod games and iOS games for that matter are great on your phone or tablet but you don't want to play angry birds on a 40inch screen.

There's very few games that work well on a big screen that are on either mobile platform.

FIFA. Need for speed and driving games would be the best of the bunch.

It also has many emulators and you can run XBMC on it. Which seems to run a hell of a lot faster than the raspberry pi version, which has me tempted.
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