Guitar Hero Co-Creator’s Startup Raises $6M to Turn Cell Phones into Home Consoles
Charles Huang, one of the co-creators of the Guitar Hero franchise back when it was developed by Red Octane, has a new company called Green Throttle. According to a post on Gamasutra, Huang and his Green Throttle co-founders Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend have raised $6 million in funding to develop technology that’ll turn your Android phone or tablet into a home console.
The proposed product goes like this: you’ll have a universal controller, and you’ll hook your phone up to the TV via an adapter cable. To get the games going, you run a downloadable app and you’re off, playing games right on your high definition television, all powered by a little Android-based device.
Sound familiar? It should: it’s basically the premise behind the OUYA console that was Kickstarted earlier this year, but without the need to buy a whole new console. It’s an interesting idea, and it sounds as though it could be even less expensive than the already budget-friendly OUYA is looking to do. Apparently Green Throttle is developing games in house, and they also plan on hooking up with third parties to bring games to users through their service as well. And considering the fact that you can play great-looking mobile ports of Grand Theft Auto III and the rest, there’s no doubt that current phone technology is at the point where this kind of thing becomes increasingly possible. But with the hopes of piggybacking off of HTC, Samsung, and LG-made hardware, to name but a few phone-manufacturers, there comes the problem of compatibility issues.
How many times have you downloaded an app to your Android phone, only to have it get all screwed up for one reason or another? You check the comments on the Play Store listing, and you see every other user come out of the woodwork explaining the ways the app succeeds and fails on their particular device. Android’s an awesome mobile OS, and I think it’s cool as hell, but this idea might prove to be more troublesome than it’s worth.
Of course, this is me just speculating wildly. I have no idea what will come of it. It may be an even better bet than the OUYA—which, of course, is still a few months away from its release.
The Wii U just came out last month, and new, high-powered consoles are supposedly on the way from Sony and Microsoft. But is the real future of home console gaming much smaller? I’m intrigued. Your thoughts?