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Snail Games OBox is an Upcoming High End Android Game Console Powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 Processor

December 30th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Snail Games is a gaming company based in Suzhou, China, with a branch in the US, specializing online games with over 85 million account on sites like woniu.com for the Chinese market, and playsnail.com for the North American market. Snail is now planning to launch an Android 4.4 console called OBox Online at CES 2015. Internally, the gaming console is comprised of a motherboard, a processor board, an HDD board, and an optional multi-media board. Two processor board are currently available with variants of Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core 32-bit processor, and I assume it should be possible to upgrade the console with a more powerful processor and more memory in the future.

OBoxTechnical specifications listed in a leaked/released PDF:

  • Processor Board
    • SoC
      • Option 1 – Nvidia Tegra K1 TD570D  quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU @ 2.0 GHz,  and Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores
      • Option 2 – Nvidia Tegra K1 TD575D  quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU @ 2.2 GHz,  and Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores
    • System Memory – 4GB RAM
    • Storage – 4GB internal storage
  • Storage Options
    • 500GB / 5400rpm 2.5″ SATA drive
    • 1TB / 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA drive
    • 1TB / 7200 rpm 3.5″ SATA drive
    • 4TB / 7200 rpm 3.5″ SATA drive
  • Video & Audio Output
    • HDMI port up to 4K
    • MHL 2.0 Output
    • S/PDIF output
    • Optional multi-media flashboard with 3x HDMI out (and in?), 5.1 multi-channel output
  • (Main) Video Codecs – Decoding – 4K2K @ 30 fps for H.265/H.264; Encoding – 4K2K @ 30 fps for H.265.
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 OTG port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Security – Anti-root, CPU security lock
  • Misc – Buzzer, power LED, front panel pulse lighting effect DIY, power key
  • Power Supply – AC100-240V 50/60Hz input, 19V / 45W DC output
  • Dimensions – N/A

OBOX_Rear_PanelThe console will run Android 4.4 Kitkat. A wireless gamepad called OBox controller will be included. It feature a using a 9-axis sensor with gyro and magnetometer,  and can be used as an air mouse. The device is air cooled with a fan. The specs list the multi-mediaboard adds three HDMI output ports, but the document also mention support for “multi-channel on-screen video compatibility and recording function”, so at least one of these extra HDMI ports, if not all, could be HDMI In.

Pricing and availability have not been disclosed, but based on the specifications it won’t be a low cost device, probably between $350 to $500+ depending on options. More information should be released at CES 2015.

Thanks to Rafael for the tip.

  1. liek
    December 30th, 2014 at 18:58 | #1

    Looks like a beast and specs are awesome, hope it runs Linux + Steam.

  2. Greg Dalton
    December 30th, 2014 at 20:53 | #2

    Nice idea…but probably better off getting a Shield Tablet and hooking it up to your TV…

  3. Ian Tester
    December 30th, 2014 at 23:06 | #3

    As a new owner of an Nvidia Shield Tablet, I can say that the Tegra K1 is a great SoC for gaming!

  4. Rafael duarte
    December 31st, 2014 at 05:07 | #4

    There is a market for any flavor,definitely,look promising, good specification, almost a completed package; Terra k1,3 HDMI in/out,PVR capabilities, optional multimedia, game console, maybe Linus in the feature and more.
    The new alienware steam game console almost same price,but windows machine.
    I want to see those two together in benchmarks and reviews.
    I don’t known why nvidia didn’t do something like this.
    But for me, I am looking for something portable like the shield tablet

  5. Rafael duarte
    December 31st, 2014 at 05:09 | #5

    By the way
    Happy new year and you are welcome.

  6. rasz_pl
    December 31st, 2014 at 12:34 | #6

    hahah
    so the same price as PS4/xone? but slower with less ram?
    ahahahhahah

  7. December 31st, 2014 at 16:48 | #7

    @rasz_pl
    I just guessed the price based on Jetson TK1 board + more RAM + casing + game controller + multimedia board + 512 GB to 4TB hard drive. The company has not announced pricing yet, so it’s always possible I’m wrong and it will be cheaper.

    I can see PS4 + 500 GB hard drive is $450. Xbox One without HDD about $400.

  8. Al
    January 1st, 2015 at 17:09 | #8

    With 4 hdmi, this could make a nice digital signage box, if it can handle 2+ streams at once at hd or higher
    (ciscos edge 340 digital media box is a dual core atom 1.6GHz N2600 with intel 945 graphics decelerator running centos, we use them by the thousands as nothing similar has the certifications, and corporate customers want everything certified to the max)

  9. Sam Rose
    January 15th, 2015 at 12:15 | #9

    @rasz_pl It’s a miniature gaming console with some of the highest specs in the industry, of course it’s going to be expensive. Having said that, cnxsoft was speculating. How much does the fastest smartphone cost, and is it more powerful than an Xbox One?

  10. Jay
    March 16th, 2015 at 18:17 | #10

    can’t be to expensive considering name brand, nvidia is releasing nvidia shield x1 which blows this out of the water

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