Yes, you read that correctly. The yet to be released android game console that I featured weeks back is now touting the ability to play iOS games. If everything works out, we’re looking at a potential megahit and complete paradigm shift here. The “Netflix for games” model, combined with cross-platform capability is a pretty huge achievement, so you can understand why its an exciting but also daunting proposal.
The Android-powered console will be able to run iOS games as well thanks to Looking Glass, a piece of software that mimics Apple’s iOS APIs. The company has already lined up some relatively large iOS and Android developers to support its console, including Subatomic studios (the maker of the iOS hit Fieldrunners), Glu, Halfbrick, Jawfish Games, and Gameloft. Altogether, the company is promising a collection of 500 of the top mobile games across Android and iOS will be playable on its console at a subscription price of $6.99 a month.
With technical specs, controller information missing, the promise of a legal onslaught from Apple is also a concern. One that the company’s CEO doesn’t seem worried about given the ground up architecture employed. Wait and see indeed.