This New Console Has a VR Component Way Cheaper Than Playstation VR
Fuze Entertainment is releasing a new home console in the Chinese market later this year called the Fuze F1. This new console will not only get into the market to contend with the Xbox One and PS4, but it is also going to undersell the PlayStation VR’s $399 price with its own headset that costs $169 only.
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As stated by Gamasutra, Fuze Entertainment wants to make use of the F1 as a link between the large mobile audience in China and the expanding hardcore audience that is just getting introduced to console gaming after the ban was lifted just recently on home consoles in China.
The VR features isn’t comprehensive so we have no idea what the hardware specs are for the HMD, but the Fuze F1 console will be established on Android technology and will cost $138 only with an apparent “Elite” version costing $230 that comes with a 500GB hard drive.
The console will run on an Nvidia Tegra K1, which is a quadcore working at 2.2 GHz per core. This is a CPU setup that has been about a decade old in the era of hardcore PC gaming. The F1 will also be running a Keppler GPU at 325 gigaflops, and it features 4GB of DDR3 RAM clocked just under 1ghz. HDMI and USB 3.O support is added alongside a custom Android-based operating system running Open GL 4.4, suitably named the Fuze OS.
Just to be absolutely clear: the specs of the Fuze F1 will not give room for it to run VR games anywhere close to that of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It is even further away from the PS4 and what the PlayStation VR can output based on the specs alone. However, as an entry-level VR device, not unlike Google Cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR, the Fuze F1 and its HMD will be devised as a not so expensive variant for those who want to encounter some part of VR gaming but do not want to spend much on it.
My only fear is that low resolution VR with potentially poor frame-rates could be a health hazard to those who make use of it, from eye-strain to nausea to headaches. Optimistically, Fuze Entertainment takes the relevant actions to make sure that the VR encounter – while affordable and cheap – will also give users the appropriate safety procedures to keep away any possible health risks.
Sony has ensured that any game that cannot steadily and constantly maintain 60fps output cannot be verified to run on the PlayStation VR. Expectantly, Fuze Entertainment has a comparable verification process in play, especially given some of the high profile games that will accessible on the F1.
According to ZhugeEx, the F1 will present a lot of AAA titles to attract to the Chinese gaming market, including Dynasty Warriors 8, Hawken, Mighty No. 9 and Red Ash to name but a few.
They have contracts with over 200 developing partners and intend to get 76 games up and out for the console launch; in addition, they have 100 more games in development, set to be released throughout its early lifespan on the market. They are expecting games like Saints Row, Assault Android Cactus and BlazBlue to attract both casuals and hardcore gamers alike.
The Fuze F1 is supposed to release in China later this year.