OTON X, the world’s first autonomous console comes out for beta testing.
There’s a benevolent, open-spirited appeal to the new EnGeniux OTON X. For free, players can use the console to generate games on demand. Free first party games will be available through the console’s network and games players create can be listed for sale at no charge .
By using custom algorithms OTON can conjure up games on the fly. At launch the OTON is expected to be able to create over a quadrillion level, character and physics configurations. Whilst the initial press rushes mention action, racing and shooter games, rendered in 2D and 3D, the OTON creator, Derrick Samuels hints at more powerful applications. In an interview he remarks that FPS and RPG games would be ‘doable’, adding that, ‘OTON works on the principal of the attributes of games like the character, the goals and level challenges and so on. So I think we can get a mix of many different configurations’
This gives a sense that the OTON will be more about gamers realising their own characters and creating game-worlds to put them in rather than churning out reams of stock, generic ‘cookie cutter’ games from set genres.
Players will also be able to create their own custom game content and develop games to their requirements through the OTON’s interface, potentially giving rise to a budding community of indie OTON developers.
To give it some competitive umph the OTON will support features common to current 8th gen consoles. Motion and voice control, game transfer to portable devices and cloud storage will come as standard. The console will play Android and Linux games and has a neat auto-compiler to port out OTON games to Windows, Android or Linux. Final models will also come with a built in projector giving the OTON something sufficiently different to spark interest, although this isn’t featured in beta testing models.
The OTON gets it’s CPU power from quad-core ARM cortex A9 chips, a popular choice for low power applications such as tablets but on paper, less meaty than the console big-boys. There’s also no mention of additional graphics processors as yet and just how sparkly the graphics will look on the final product is unclear. This early demo shows the OTON at least can do a retro platformer well.
As titles like Little Big Planet and Minecraft have shown, games that allow players to build their own gaming environments can be huge. The OTON forms a natural evolution in this trend packing a lot of creative possibilities into a console that does a great deal of the hard work for you.
If you’d like to get on board beta kits are available here. Over 1000 early adopters are already putting the OTON through it’s paces.
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