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Equiso launches Play on Kickstarter to bring affordable AAA gaming to the masses

Equiso, a proven developer of innovative consumer entertainment platforms, has launched its latest product Play on Kickstarter (bit.ly/equisoplay), with full production models promised to backers at just $99.

Equiso Play is a truly open source, power-packed gaming console able to stream all iOS and Android games seamlessly to full-screen HDTVs using gamers’ smartphones or tablets solely as slick controllers. It takes the best parts of playing on a phone - touch and precision - and merges them with the living room playing experience gamers crave. Equiso Play has already been prototyped and its Kickstarter funding target of $250,000 will put Equiso Play into full production at just $99.

Adam McBride, CEO of Equiso said: “We’re asking the Kickstarter community to be part of our vision to open up affordable gaming, and put control back in the hands of dedicated gamers. Android gaming is booming with nearly 1.2 million titles out there, so why are gamers limited to playing on smartphones and tablets? Equiso Play packs a huge performance punch for its price-point, handling all of the game processing itself so that smart devices can be used purely as pocket-sized tactile controllers without limitations - capable of playing and mirroring every Android and iOS game available.”

“With Equiso Play we’re not replacing the top-end, top-price living room consoles most of us already have; instead we’re offering something very different and far more affordable. The AAA titles once only available at full-price on traditional consoles are now coming to Android, paving the way for low-cost gaming with many titles under $5, or even free. Being open source is more than just running Android, it’s our commitment to the community and enabling developers to do more. We’ve taken the phone, TV and gaming apps we all have and fused them into one revolutionary playing experience without limits, lowering all barriers to entry further still by making game development truly open source.”

Equiso Play backers will play AAA games and indie titles on their full-screen HDTVs with full access to the Google Play store - packed with 1,132,053 games and apps - or other app stores, plus media channels including Netflix, Google Chrome, Vudu, Crackle, HBO GO and Hulu.

Prashant Someshekar, a developer for the community-built Android distribution CyanogenMod, said: “Equiso Play is a great product that provides an upgrade path for devices which have long been abandoned by their manufacturer and it can be quite immersive, especially if you’re working with a 60-inch TV. The company is comprised of many likeminded people who are extremely dedicated to the cause. I’m very excited to see what can come about in one’s own living room.”

Features:

  • Power: Equiso Play’s Quad-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU perform all the heavy-lifting game processing, fully-independent of players’ phones or tablets (and those batteries!)
  • Controller-free: Equiso Play for Android and iOS uses the best mobile touch interface available – the phone or tablet already in our pockets. Not all Android or iOS games can be played using separate controllers, but they can using Equiso Play and any smart device
  • Independence: Two Wi-Fi chipsets let Equiso Play bypass routers, firewalls and other roadblocks to create its own ad-hoc network, eliminating lag and device discovery and simplifying setup
  • Truly open: a genuine Open Source platform open to developer SDKs, hacks, custom ROMs and fully-interoperable with most USB and Bluetooth controllers if required
  • High Definition: Full-screen HDTV 1080p experience for mobile gaming with 5.1 surround sound
  • Easy-to-use: USB 2.0/3.0 cable simply plugs into HDTV
  • Android and iOS: Uses Apple AirPlay mirroring for iOS gaming, or an Apple desktop to turn a TV into a second screen, and Android Miracast for Android
  • A galaxy of games: Gives access to 1,132,053+ Android and 1,500,443+ iOS games

Technical specifications: Hardware

  • CPU: Amlogic Cortex-A9-r4 Quad-Core 2.0 GHz processor
  • GPU: ARM Mali 450 600MHz 8-Core graphics
  • Wireless: Dual Wi-Fi 802.11n chipsets
  • Ports: 2xUSB, MicroUSB, MicroSD, Ethernet, HDMI, A/V out, optical audio
  • Memory: 1GB 32-bit**
  • Storage: 8GB Flash**

Technical specifications: Software

  • Android Miracast
  • Apple AirPlay mirroring
  • Linux/Open Source SDK

Equiso Play Elite - $129 – A more powerful open source gaming console

  • Includes all of the features detailed above, plus:
  • 16GB Flash Storage
  • 2GB DDR3 64-bit memory
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Active cooling and support for 4K Ultra HD

About Equiso

Equiso.com, Inc. is an innovator of digital media platforms that leverage the convergence of internet and entertainment. Equiso was founded in March 2006 when it shared its first iteration of an open source gaming platform on SourceForge. The company has remained dedicated to its mission to create an open source console that would deliver low-cost gaming without compromise. In June, 2012, Equiso launched its SmartTV Stick on Kickstarter and raised $241,557 from 2,700 backers enabling it to deliver SmartTV Stick to market and develop sales channels including a distribution deal with more than 3,600 Walmart stores. More than 75,000 Equiso SmartTV Sticks have been shipped to date, and the product is currently in its seventh version. Learn more at: www.equiso.com

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