Mobile Media Ventures plans to reinvent gaming and desktop platforms with its prototype iConsole.tv. It is an Android powered rig that is endowed with more powerful hardware capable of running more sophisticated apps which the company sees as the future for personal computing and gaming.
MMV’s bigwig, Christopher Price, stressed that in the future Android platform would be integrated not only to mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, but also to TV, desktop computers and servers. The prototype iConsole.tv, Unit 00, is running on a 3.3GHz Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2 x 500GB HDD and an integrated Intel HD 4000 for its graphics. Price mentioned that the Unit 00 will only be available for developers.
The iConsole.tv is also equipped with dual HDMI ports and plans to have Connected TV support with ATSC, CableCard and Protected DLNA media gateway. The Unit 00 also has a protected version of Linux which allows users/developers to switch to a more traditional desktop environment. It can also run Steam without any issues.
The prototype proves powerful than current mobile devices by scoring high on AnTuTu benchmarks with 78,044, more than the Galaxy S4. Games and apps run faster on the unit 00 however, playing mobile games on a desktop environment could be challenging especially if you don’t have any touchscreen controls. Price said that there will be a few tweaks MMV needs to implement before Unit 00 could be deployed in the market.
Interested developers can get their hands on the iConsolve.tv kit and developer program for quite a hefty price of $ 999. Final product specifications could also be changed in the future.