Fuze's Tomahawk F1 merges the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Android
Chinese company Fuze has created its new Tomahawk F1 console, which merges the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Android for a restrictive Chinese market.
Chinese authorities only just repealed a ban against Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the country, leaving many without a suitable games console. Now, Chinese company Fuze has cobbled together elements from both – in addition to Android – to produce its own console, the Tomahawk F1.
On a visual fornt, the Tomahawk F1 is a fascinating mixture of the world’s rivalrous games consoles; taking the design of the PlayStation 4’s hardware for its own, while also appropriating the Xbox One’s controller. Read: Xbox One Slim rumoured for mid-year release
However, those in China hoping for a console that can be used to play either Xbox or PlayStation games will be sorely let down. The console arrives running Android, and is expected to be priced at ¥899 – the equivalent of $140 USD.
Both Microsoft and Sony’s consoles have had a limited reach within the country. Fuze hopes to beat both to the punch by bringing several franchises to the Chinese market – such as Assassin’s Creed and Saint’s Row – ahead of any major push by either console.
Fuze’s CEO, Wang Feng, posed a difficult question to an assembled crowd at the Tomahawk F1’s launch in Beijing, asking “œWhen will China‘s games market“”especially high-resolution consoles and high-performance consoles, the best products (out there)“”be taken over by Chinese businesses?“
This wouldn’t be the first occasion Chinese consumers or government have amounted to favour a local product in favour of an international one. Most recently, Apple lost the trademark “IPHONE” to a Chinese firm that produces leather accessories in a court dispute. Read: Apple looses the rights to the term “œIPHONE“ in China
What are your thoughts on the Tomahawk F1? Can a product that so blatantly copies worldwide successes garner success at home? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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Source: ZhugeEx Blog