Here's a console that will confuse your gaming illiterate parents into thinking they got a good deal for your Christmas present! Fuze Entertainment (funded RED ASH: The Indelible Legend) announced a new console today in Beijing: the Tomahawk F1. While the console itself looks similar to the PlayStation 4, the controller is more on par with the Xbox One design! But wait - it gets weirder!
Not only does the console and controller look familiar, but the interface highly resembles the PS4's home screen and store. I would be surprised if you didn't have doubt for the console's success, thanks to its copy-cat features, but before you get out your torches and pitchforks, let's look a little deeper!
- CPU: 2.2 GHZ
- GPU: 852 MHz
- RAM: 4 GB
- ROM: 32 GB
- Android Powered
How Does the F1 Hold up to Other Consoles?
While the Fuze CEO, Wang Feng, hopes that his company can outlive his competitors, I reckon it's more likely that the F1 will be a reasonable choice for a family console. While it isn't comparable to the PS4 or Xbox One, it is comparable to the OUYA, which was also an Android powered console, retailed at $129.
The Tomahawk F1 will also feature a similar price to the OUYA, starting at ¥899 RMB ($138 USD). Though, as with any new console release, the selection of games can't currently compete with any of the older consoles, it does hold some pretty solid titles!
What Kind of Games Can We Expect on the F1?
Fuze hopes to bring together most mobile and low-end PC games. In an effort to bring big AAA titles to the F1, Fuze has partnered with several foreign games companies, such as Koei Tecmo (Dead or Alive, Dynasty Warriors), Codemasters (F1, Dirt), and Comcept (Soul Sacrifice, RED ASH: The Indelible Legend).
The aim for the F1 is to have a balance of Chinese games and foreign AAA games, so that Chinese gamers can experience the best of both worlds, as this is something that Sony and Microsoft struggle to achieve. While Fuze has said that there are already 50 games in development, with over 100 due to release in the first year, here are a few confirmed games:
- DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends
- Assault Android Cactus
- Mighty No. 9
- RED ASH: The Indelible Legend
- GRID Autosport
- Anima: Gate of Memories
- One Upon Light
Additionally, many of the game titles will be free-to-play, and those that are sold commercially will feature low prices, due to the console only accepting digital download as their form of distribution. Fuze plans to outmaneuver Sony and Microsoft by bringing AAA games to the F1 faster and cheaper than what their competitors can do.
The F1 Console May Also Feature VR!
Everything seems to be about virtual reality these days, and even though the F1 is an Android powered system, that isn't stopping Fuze from looking into the possibilities! Although there aren't any details yet, they do hope to launch it alongside the console.
While the F1 may not be as beefy as the PS4 or Xbox One, you can't deny that Fuze has some great plans for the F1! Although it would definitely be a "wait-and-see" console for me, I'm eager to hear more about this little machine and what it can do. How about you?