Why is Tencent launching a game console

Tencent introduces game consoles based on Windows 10 for China

The Chinese multi-corporation Tencent has announced its own game console in the run-up to a presentation at CES Asia. The Tencent Games Platform Box (TGP for short) is being built jointly with Intel and Haier and is based on Windows 10. Tencent has significantly expanded its involvement in the gaming sector in recent years: the company is involved in Epic Games and Riot Games, among others runs China's most popular game community. Now it's own hardware for gamers. The console will go on sale under the name "The Blade" and will primarily be used to stream online games. Tencent presented a new game console based on Windows 10 at an event in the run-up to CES Asia. Image via shafa.com With Haier, a Chinese company that has made a name for itself in consumer electronics over the past few years, Tencent has found a partner who will build and distribute the game console. Nothing further is known about prices and availability, more information will probably not be available until CES Asia on June 7, 2016.

The hardware

The console has a very unique look. It is roughly the same size as Xbox or Playstation, black, and has a conspicuous, tapering front, hence the name "The Blade". The controller shown is very reminiscent of the handpiece on the Xbox One. Haier developed the console design, Intel is providing the sixth generation of the Core i3, i5 and i7 chips for the console, it is said. That should indicate different versions. There are also sensors and smart home features from Intel. Tencent took care of the OS and the games. There will be different modes, including downloading and streaming games.

The Chinese market is an attractive growth market after the ban on game consoles has been lifted. According to the announcement, the console will support games such as League of Legends, FIFA Online 3, NBA 2K Online, Monster Hunter Online and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Tournament, among others. Further titles and support for third-party providers should follow as soon as possible.


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