It seems as if everyone is trying to get in on the Microconsole craze these days. Amazon is said to have an Android console in the works, and now we’ve gotten word that ASUS is getting into the game with a device called the ASUS GameBox.gearbox-antutu-1

The ASUS GameBox popped up on the AnTuTu benchmark site today, and its specs are interesting to say the least. The benchmarks show the device to have an NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.9GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. On the graphics side of things, the ASUS GameBox will have an NVIDIA GeForce ULP.

While those specs may not seem all that interesting, the benchmarks show that the ASUS GameBox will have a 1280 x 720 display which is something you generally don’t find on an actual console. Does this mean it’s a handheld similar to the NVIDIA Shield or just a prototype? ASUS is known for thinking a bit outside the box, so it could be something new and a bit strange like they did with the PadFone.

The only other details to emerge from the benchmarks is that the GameBox will run Android 4.3gearbox-antutu-2 and it apparently won’t have a camera which basically rules out mobile. The specs are similar to the NVIDIA Shield, so the ASUS GameBox doesn’t appear to be anything jaw-dropping in its current state. That said, if ASUS really wants to make an impact and gain an edge on the OUYA and Amazon’s upcoming box it just needs to do one thing – let folks access Google Play.

Source: AnTuTu, Via – G for Games