Big Screen Gaming: ODROID, Android & HDMI Out


Put Android on a device meant for gaming, provide HDMI Out connectivity, load up a sweet game, connect it to a big freaking TV and what do you get? The potential for an amazingly kick butt gaming experience. Decide for yourself as this guy plays Speed Forge 3D on the ODROID:

When I initially saw this device I pretty much laughed at the layout – but i”m laughing no longer. We’ve also shown you HDMI Out on the ODROID before but this is really on another level using the accelerometer and all that jazz.

The ODROID is developed by HardKernel and it seems they’ve launched an ODROID Developer Site and it seems they’re app/game distribution partner will be SlideMe – yup, they’re still alive and kickin’! According to ElectricPig there is a WorldWide develop version of the device available for $349 but I’ve been unable to track down a place you can actually purchase. Plus I gather it’s rather buggy and non-friendly for consumers anyways.

Things are looking good! I’m betting that in addition to 2010 being a big year for Chrome OS around the holidays we’re also going to see a ton of Android devices that are non-smartphone types. Gaming handhelds. Home entertainment pieces. MIDs. Tablets. Man… I’m already excited for 2010 holidays!

Rob Jackson
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  1. wow sp3d looks surprisingly good on the big screen

  2. Are you developers starting to realize the capabilities of Android yet???? GET TO WORK! More games! More games!

  3. i would be better if you could turn off the display of the phone. But this looks promising!! can’t wait for a droid tablet

  4. Wow, you can really see what a horrible game that is, laggy controls, impossible to say off the walls.. yuck.
    Pretty, though.

  5. I’m sorry but that game stinks IMO, too hard to control, more frustrating than fun

  6. Please never use “kick butt” as a motherfreaking adjective again.


  8. @Johnathan Harford: I used “kick butt” for the same reason you used “motherfreaking” which I’m sure you used as a criticism in the first place LOL. I was trying to limit myself and didn’t want to say ASS. Sometimes I use potty language sometimes I don’t. Sowwy I’m not hardcore enuff 4 u sir.

  9. Well, this is a steaming pile of bullspit.

  10. LOL! Oh goodness, the last string of comments had me in tears. You guys are funny. The game DOES TOTALLY KICK BUTT and I love it, so there!! I have had no problems staying off the walls and the controls are far from laggy. So I’m guessing you’re just jealous Jeff ;-)

  11. there seems to be a little input lag between the android phone, and the output.

  12. somebody seems to hack the Android market for ODROID. http://www.thursdaystory.com

  13. Wow, way too much d-pad action going on in this device. Although, I am probably going to purchase this, and develop some sort of small game for it, the engineers at hardkernel could use a design revision.

    Other than that, the developers should also integrate microphone input, for SKYPE calls!!! Integrate that, and i’ll be stoked.

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