Chinese giant Tencent, owner of Riot Games, has announced the impending launch of an Intel-powered Windows-based games console dubbed the Tencent Games Platform (TGP) Blade Box.
Unveiled last week in China and first reported by AllChinaTech
, the TGP Blade is claimed to be based on a sixth-generation Intel Processor and - much like the Valve-licensed Steam Box consoles from which it appears to have drawn inspiration - can be specified with a variety of internal specifications, from entry-level Core i3 parts to top-end Core i7s.
Unlike most Steam Boxes, the TGP Blade Box is running Windows 10 as its core operating system; like Valve's devices, though, it is expected that the user will spend most of his or her time in TGB Box Mode, which provides a large-screen-friendly launcher for Tencent games and services - including the ability to stream game footage.
Aimed at the local market, where Tencent publishes titles ranging from League of Legends through to FIFA Online 3, it has not yet been confirmed whether the Tencent TGP Blade Box will ever see an international launch. Pricing information has also not yet been announced.