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Android Gaming: Ingeo Turns Your Android Phone Into A TV Game Console

October 3, 2013 - Written By Justin Diaz


With all the buzz and increased popularity in android gaming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that plenty of companies are coming out of the woodwork to showcase their own products to compete with those that are already out there offering a home gaming experience for android. The newest product to show up called Ingeo, aims to turn your Android phone into a TV game console. That’s right, no extra devices. Just a simple dock and controller with an HDMI cable to connect the dock to the TV. 20130930145154-B
The company has taken to indiegogo to ask for the gaming community’s support in funding this amazing product, which might be a better option for many would be Android Console gamers than OUYA, Gamestick or the like. The niche here is that Ingeo is simply a Dock+Controller combo that utilizes the Android phone you already own to connect to your supported HDMI TV and play games almost like you would with a MOGA or other HID bluetooth gamepad. The Dock, connects to your TV via an HDMI cable, so when you get home and are ready to play you just drop your phone in the dock, pick up the controller, and you’re ready to go. Both the dock and the controller have a sleek angular design modeled after stealth fighters and Lamborghini super cars so it’ll stand out from the rest of the competitors. The controller features a standard directional D-Pad, a set of A,B,X,Y buttons, what looks like start and select, two joysticks and left and right bumper and trigger buttons. So pretty much your standard setup.20130930145225-D The founders of Ingeo wanted to give their product a sleek cool looking design that still feels comfortable to hold but isn’t bulky and still looks good when sitting next to your already sleek looking monster size HDTV. It’s also worth noting that what’s displayed in these photos and the video below was all manufactured using a 3D printer, so the final production ready design will look even better than what you see here. 20130930132958-ControllerPhotoshopped
Ingeonix Corporation says that all available phones on the market will be supported by their product so that means no matter what type of phone you have you will presumably be able to play games on your tv using Ingeo. The Ingeo Controller is essentially just an HID gamepad, so it talks and connects to your phone using Bluetooth wireless tech. Pretty standard fare nowadays. Many different games on the play store also already support HID bluetooth gamepads and more are being updated to support them all the time. Ingeonix already has a fairly large list of currently supported games so it’s looking like Ingeo will come out of the gate with a huge library of games for you to play on your HDTV. You can find the list at Ingeonix’s main site page, which currently lists 146 games in total, (that’s right i counted!) but not all of the supported games are listed either. There are many, manymore games that you could use with Ingeo.20130930124744-E_1
The nice thing about Ingeo is that it’s setup to give you the best experience possible to play games using your current Android phone while you’re at home or on the go. So if you want to sit on the couch and play on the big screen, just drop your phone into the dock as I stated above and you’re ready to go. Need to leave but don’t want to stop playing? Not a problem, a bonus feature of Ingeo is that you can dock your phone to the controller and play while you’re out and about so you don’t have to frantically attempt to find a stopping point. 20130930131352-C_-_CopyIngeo will also have a free “gamecenter” app available so you can browse games that have Ingeo support and download them right from the play store. So you might be asking yourself, why choose Ingeo over something like OUYA, Gamestick, or any of the other similar competitive products? I would simply say the lack of having to buy another separate device. If you want to check out more about Ingeo and when its available you can head on over to the indiegogo campaign page for details or to contribute to the success and eventual release of this new android gaming alternative.20130930132715-IMG_20130928_151429 Backers of the campaign will of course be receiving a set before they hit retail. Ingeonix guarantees the delivery to backers before retail consumers can purchase them so hopefully we don’t have another incident like we did with OUYA.  If you wish to help fund Ingeo, head to the link above and check out the different package options. Take a look at the video below for a window into what Ingeo has to offer.