Green Throttle Turns Your Phone Into a Console

Green Throttle Turns Your Phone Into a Console

Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang wants to prove that you already have a console in your pocket.

If you've been paying attention to mobile gaming lately, you may have heard the occasional concern that it's killing the traditional console industry. The fear is that as smartphones and their high-quality, low-cost games increase in popularity, there will be a subsequent decrease of interest in a television-based console experience. Only time will tell how accurate the fears are, but Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang is upping the ante by literally replacing consoles with smartphones. His new company, Green Throttle Games, will attempt to bridge mobile and console experiences by turning your Android-powered device into an HDTV console.

"Mobile gaming is exploding, and new smart devices are becoming powerful alternatives to traditional consoles," Huang explained. "We just need a simple and fun way for people to play games both on the go, and on the couch ... Our mission is to create great game experiences that bring people together, a big screen experience where you can just start playing games on a television, as simple as that."

Green Throttle, founded by Huang with mobile industry veterans Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend, will integrate Android and console gaming using a simple cable connection. The Green Throttle Arena App will act as a central hub for players to download games with the option of projecting compatible titles onto the larger television screen. The app will even allow for local multiplayer sessions through the use of proprietary Bluetooth-powered controllers. "The big idea is you've already bought a console," said co-founder Karl Townsend. "It's in your pocket. It's a smartphone."

The concept of bringing Android games to your television isn't an original one; you may have already recognized it from the Ouya Kickstarter pitch last summer. The major difference in this case is that Green Throttle will run using the smartphone you already own without the requirement of an independent console. It's a unique idea that just might work, if Green Throttle can provide high-quality games to match the sales pitch.

That said, you'll still have to shell out a chunk of change to play Green Throttle games with your friends. A Multiplayer Bundle pre-order, including two controllers and a connector kit, is available for the price of $89.95. While that's not a small amount of money, one should note that a Wii U priced below production costs will still cost $300. Green Throttle should be competitively priced to compete with consoles, it just remains to be seen how the two experiences will compare to each other.

Source: Green Throttle, via Joystiq

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I hope Throttle doesn't choke.

Oh snap, OUYA better hurry it the hell up or they will have absolutely no space in the market.
But it does make one wonder how well these things will really run, at best they may get up to Wii level graphics.

So basically it's not about making mobile games better, it's about making console games worse? Pass.

Come talk to me when there's a mobile equivalent of The Witcher, or Knights of the Old Republic.

Well, I won't mind a future where a smartphone running an open-source OS (a Linux distro, perhaps) has enough oomph to compete with a desktop and a library to match, while finding and communicating with peripherals (TV, K&M, gamepad, SSD) wirelessly with zero lag. Might even take me away from my PC...

Seems like a great concept to me, especially for people who want to be able to play games with friends in their living room but don't want to splash out on a full console.

My mother (a recent convert to phone games) would certainly be interested. She doesn't spend enough time playing games to justify buying a console, and she doesn't want to play PC games because it would mean even more time sat in her office. But she'd still like to try playing games with other people (especially family members).

Isn't this the same as connecting a bluetooth game controller to your smartphone? Then via your wireless router transmit the video to your big screen?

Fail.

It's like PC gamers that don't realize they can buy a wireless keyboard and mouse and/or controller and play PC games from the couch if their graphics card connects to their big screen via a $1 6' HDMI cable.

Hardware devices just give more control and power to the Companies so they can sell you commercials or force you to buy subscriptions to play.

I think that a controller is the first step to getting an actual good gaming experience on phones/tablets. Not that there haven't been some games that are pretty good. But I don't want any of my core gaming experiences even touching those platforms. Remarkably, there is a central idea that people seem to want to put third person action games, first person games, things like that on phones and tablets, but the few genre's it's really good for are almost completely non-existent. That would be RTS and turn based strategy.

Seems like a great concept to me, especially for people who want to be able to play games with friends in their living room but don't want to splash out on a full console.

Yeah why spend 150 on a console dedicated to playing games, with a huge support of games dedicated to running on that machine, covering a whole range of genres and types when you can instead spend 200 on a device that isn't designed to play solely games, won't be able to reproduce gaming quality that matches even today's consoles let alone the next gen, is full of games that are designed to be played by one person on one device on a screen that is 5inches wide. Oh and requires that you fork out another 80 on top before you can connect it to your TV and play it.

Well I guess if Ouya could raise whatever millions they did on a project made of pure fail I guess it makes sense that someone else would try the same trick.

If your phone has an HDMI connection, it can already do this. Silly designers.

Now, if they could improve upon the Xperia Play design and make a phone that has a built in controller with upped specs...that's the ticket. A "console" gaming phone for on the go and at home.

Maybe this will be interesting when smartphones have a battery life of longer than a day.

 

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