Green Throttle Games is developing a system to transform an Android smartphone in to a full gaming console with up to four controllers.
A simple video game controller could be the key to unlocking huge markets for game developers and disrupting the dominance of existing consoles such as the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. That’s the conclusion of Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero and the founder of mobile game controller company Green Throttle.
Green Throttle is launching a controller for Android mobile devices, which will also provide a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cable to hook the mobile device up to a television, so you can display games on your TV while using your smartphone as a game console. They are already in the process of developing their own games for the system.
It’s worth taking in to account that the difference between a great game and a forgettable one often lies in the quality of the user interface. The mouse and keyboard worked fine for decades, however when the touchscreen finally matured and became easier to use with the iPhone, touchscreen games exploded. Although the touchscreen was a huge advance for casual gamers, it still lacks the precision needed for the most demanding games such as first-person-shooters. According to Huang, this has limited the amount of business smartphones and tablets have been able to steal away from the console gaming market. By turning an Android smartphone in to a full blown game console with controllers, Green Throttle is poised to bridge the gap between casual and hardcore gamers.
This move will also introduce some big players in to the gaming business, such as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, bringing them into direct conflict with Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard. The system is expected to ship December 12th, 2012 and is available for pre-order with the Developer 2 Player Bundle listed at $89.95.