When it comes to game consoles, most of us would think of three names – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, with their upcoming PS4 and current PS3, the future Xbox One with the existing Xbox 360, and the Wii U, respectively. Is the market big enough for yet another console to hit the market? Perhaps, as the folks behind the iConsole.tv certainly think that way. The iConsole.tv is similar in some ways to the OUYA, as both of them happen to be powered by the Android platform. What makes the iConsole.tv different, however, is this game console can also double up as a home theater box and personal computer, all rolled into a single package.
Also known as the Unit 00, it will run on Intel processors (that hail from its fourth generation quad-core Intel Core “Haswell” range), alongside an Intel Iris GPU. Other hardware specifications include discrete graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD/ATI, 8GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a couple of HDMI ports, an equal number of gigabit Ethernet ports, a PS/2 port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, not to mention future support for WiDi, analog and digital audio output. Interested developers can pick up the iConsole.tv for $699 a pop, while gamers will see either a $399 or $499 price point.RELATED