[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any companies have launched Android-based consoles onto the market lately, the most high-profile case being that of the OUYA. With companies like Amazon and Mad Catz getting in on that action, it’s hard to think that there’s no reason behind it. The OUYA was a famous flop, and many Android-based consoles are identical in every way excluding the shell. Equiso, a company famous for their plug-in Android interface for TVs has started a Kickstarter for, you guessed it, an Android-based home console that will sell for around $100 if the project reaches its goal.
The Equiso Play will ship with Android 4.4 installed and play any Android game on your TV in HD, to see the fine details that you didn’t know you were missing on your phone’s tiny screen. You’ll control your games with your phone, tablet, or a USB controller. The front of the unit will have two USB ports and a MicroSD reader, and the back will have Optical Audio, Ethernet, HDMI, A/V, and MicroUSB. The Equiso Play supports all non-game Android apps as well, including Hulu, Netflix, Facebook, and others. You can even visit Cliqist.com with a downloaded browser or mirror your phone or laptop screen with the Equiso Play.
The Equiso Play is currently being developed by Equiso and backers who pledge upwards of $99 ($89 for early birds) will receive a unit upon release and help Equiso reach their $250,000 goal by May 10th.
[author image=”http://cliqist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/nathaniel.jpg” ]Nathaniel is a video game journalist, enthusiast, and reviewer living in Indiana. His hobbies include playing video games. When he’s not playing video games, he likes to read, write, think about, and sing songs about video games. He’s also an indie musician and sound engineering student with one album out and one on the way, and you can listen to him at http://nathanielliles.bandcamp.com/. You can also visit B-TEN.com, where he writes about video game news and argue with things that aren’t actually real things.[/author]