$390,000 needed to develop new Android console

New gaming console eSfere aims to bring Google Play to TV screens

The eSfere video game console has made its way onto crowd-funding site Idiegogo and intends to bring Android apps to your living room TV.

“Mobile apps have transformed the electronic gaming ecosystem. Each week thousands of new titles, with remarkable graphics and audio, are available for smartphones and tablets for low prices or even free,” reads eSfere’s Indiegogo page.

“Why should we settle for playing them on a 4 inch, 7 inch or 10 inch screen device? Why can’t we enjoy our favourite games on our large screen TV at high quality without having to resort to home video game consoles and their high priced games?”

The console boasts a Tegra3 quad core processor or above, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal flash storage, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, HDMI connection for up to 1080p HD, multitouch gamepad controller with integrated accelerometer and gyroscope, and Android 4.1 operating system.

The gamepad controller is designed to keep the touch surface experience of a mobile device, but those who have longed for physical buttons on their tablet or smartphone will be pleased to hear that the eSfere controller comes with a set of detachable silicone buttons and d-pads to easily adapt to your favourite games.

This console is potentially good news for both gamers and developers. Users can pay a relatively small amount for an app-port of an AAA game and play it on a big TV, and developers don’t need to make special adaptations, just continue making Android games as they normally would.

The eSfere needs to raise $390,000 by January 21st. Check out the eSfere Indiegogo page to find out more.

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