When Windows 10 was launched ten months ago, there was a lot of hype around its gaming capabilities. Among other things, Microsoft has deepened Windows 10’s integration with the Xbox, its successful gaming console.
Now, the Chinese company Tencent has announced a new console that will be Windows 10-based and developed in collaboration with Intel.
FIFA, League of Legends and NBA 2K are already in
The new console, called TGP Box, will be developed by Tencent and Intel and manufactured by Haier, another Chinese manufacturer. Tencent owns Riot Games, a video game publisher that is responsible for “League of Legends,” the world’s biggest multiplayer game.
The company unveiled the new console during its event at CES Asia, and remarked that it will be based on the 6th generation of i3/i5/i7 processors (SkyLake) and will run Windows 10.
Capabilities-wise, the company has mentioned that you can either download or stream games, play local or multiplayer, and live stream your games like you can do with Twitch. In addition, the console can be switched from gaming mode to a regular Windows 10 mode.
Tencent has already announced that the console will support a few major titles such as “League of Legends,” “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit,” “Monster Hunter,” “NBA 2K” and “FIFA Online 3 Tournament,” with more games expected to be launched soon. The company didn’t specify the console’s pricing, and if or when the console will be available outside of the Asian market.
173 million gamers in China — and it’s only the beginning
As of now, the company is targeting the Chinese market, a fairly new ground when it comes to video game consoles. In 2000, the Chinese regime placed heavy restrictions on the sale and use of video game consoles to protect Chinese culture and its youth. However, those restrictions were lifted last year.
According to research by Newzoo, there are more than 173 million gamers in China, with the figure only expected to rise in the near future. In 2014, Tencent’s gaming division netted a staggering $2.15 billion.
A Steam Machine competitor
Is the TGP Box a console or a gaming PC? The borders between the two are already quite blurry. For example, you can purchase the Steam Machine, ‘consoles’ or gaming PCs that are based on Valve’s Steam platform and manufactured by different companies.
While the differences are relatively small on the hardware side of things, Valve’s SteamOS is based on Debian, and not Windows 10.