Tencent announces a games console that runs League of Legends

Chinese firm Tencent, best known for its instant messaging platform WeChat, has announced that it will be launching a games console with the help of Riot Games, Intel and Hair that it says will change traditional gaming.

The Tencent TGP Box (or the Blade BOX as it will be referred to at release) is said to run games like Monster Hunter Online, FIFA Online 3 and a title that is a stranger to the console world, League of Legends.

Tencent acquired a 100% stake in Riot Games (the developer behind the largest multiplayer online battle area game) in December last year, but the move to include a game such as League of Legends is a strange one.

You see, while the TGP Box will reportedly run Windows 10, the idea of playing a game like League of Legends which requires twitch-like reflexes and precise mouse-movements, being played on a console just doesn’t seem like it would work very well.

However, according to a report on Neowin, the console is meant to be taking a bold new step away from what we traditionally think a console can do, and will boast a number of smart features from the Intel camp.

The rest of the console seems like your usual living room entertainment machine. Users will be able to download or stream games (a service we think will be something like the NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW or In-home streaming in Steam), livestream games and a way to switch between Windows 10 and the TGP Box’s gaming mode.

Unfortunately for us there aren’t any technical specs to drool over just yet other than the fact that the console will use the 6th Generation of Intel’s Core processors namely the i3, i5 and i7 according to reports.

Not much to go on, but once more details are unveiled in the coming weeks we’ll be sure to share them with you.

[Source – Neowin] [Image – CC BY/2.0]



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