OTON X sounds like a rather interesting Linux-powered games console. It is aimed at people who want to create as well as play games.
Claiming it as "first artificial intelligent games console" is a pretty big thing. It seems it will come with tools to help people with AI in games. It's still cool either way and will be fun to follow the progress of it.
QuoteHello, my name is Derrick Samuels, and my team and I designed the OTON X for the novice developers, young adults and casual players who want to play casual games, create simple game levels or expand their game development experience with a built-in A.I tool and user-friendly template which will help teach players to create games much easier.
I asked them some questions to clear up a couple of minor things.
They claim they use Linux, so when I asked how:
QuoteThe system is running a custom version of LuBuntu.
I also asked what they meant by it supporting "Linux Games" specifically:
QuoteIt can play Linux games and the games will be fully supported by us. We plan to add android games and more indie games as the system develops.
And finally, I asked if you can boot into a traditional Linux desktop mode:
QuoteYes, you can boot into traditional Linux desktop.
If you look at one of their videos, it even looks like the UI they use is just an application you can run from the desktop.
The answers were all short, sweet and to the point. Exactly what I wanted to hear too, so it sounds like the device is not locked down.
Going by their website, they are aiming to support Linux, Chrome and Android games. That will give it a rather decent collection.
It's currently on Kickstarter in the hopes of getting at least $25,000.
What do you think? Sounds pretty cool to me.