Wise TIVI wants to be an Android gaming contender

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The upcoming Ouya console is probably the device most commonly associated with the concept of Android-powered gaming in the living room. Wise wants to change that with its TIVI.

While we don't think the TIVI will be raising millions of dollars on Kickstarter anytime soon liked the star-studded Ouya, the PC-on-a-stick does pack in some pretty sweet specs, including a 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor paired with quad-core Mali-400 MP graphics.

The TIVI - which runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2 - also features 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, WiFi, a micro-USB port, a full-sized USB port and a TF Card slot for up to 16GB of additional storage.

As Phandroid's Quentyn Kennemer confirms, the device connects to your HDTV via an integrated HDMI port, effectively allowing users to transform any HDTV into a smart TV with full Google Play access.

To appeal to the gaming crowd, the TIVI is also compatible with a number of accessories, including a wireless gaming controller, an “air” keyboard/mouse for wireless control and navigation.

"The smallish multimedia stick will also be flanked by a more traditional set-top box with component connections, but it will only come with Android 4.2. A third unit, the Wise Camera, will give users the full Wise experience with the ability to do live video chats and take pictures," said Kennemer.

"You can’t get these just yet, but a pre-sale period has begun for those who might be interested in one in the future. The Wise Box will run you $59, the portable stick will run you $79, and the camera-enabled unit will cost you $89."

By comparison, the Ouya console is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip paired with Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2) for the OS. Additional specs include 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, HDMI (1080p), Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU, USB 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port and a wireless controller.

It should be notde that the project managed to raise an impressive $8,596,474 on Kickstarter, with the full support of 63,416 backers.