Essentially, video games are an animated rendition of physical games. Nonetheless, most of titles available popular gaming platforms are arcade, role playing games or sports. Despite the prevalence of physical board games, developers seem to have neglected them with regard to video games.
However, a nascent video game publisher called Blok.Party wants to change this norm by releasing PlayTable, a gaming console that uses physical pieces and runs on a blockchain-based PlayTable OS.
What is PlayTable Blockchain Tabletop Game Console?
PlayTable resembles a giant tablet, as it features a 24-inch full HD touchscreen on its face. The prototype’s OS was built on a Windows framework, but the developers are working to port it to an Android-based system, as that is the OS that inaugural units will run on.
Generally, this tabletop console is not portable; it is designed to be used in a fixed position.
It weighs well over 12 pounds, relies on mains power and requires a reliable internet connection to operate. Nevertheless, the inclusion of USB ports is a nice and convenient gesture, as a gamer wouldn’t want to interrupt gameplay to go charge their smartphone.
Despite its aesthetic outlook, the PlayTable does not compromise on robustness. The touchscreen is reinforced with a remarkably tough, industrial-grade lass that is also waterproof. Furthermore, this device comes with a changeable faux-wood finish that a user can alter at their volition.
As mentioned earlier, the game accommodates physical pieces; anything physical. This is made possible by the integration of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Hence, gamers can print 3D pieces on their own and plant stickers on them or simply use anything at their disposal.
Blok.Party actually wants their clients to adopt this route, as the production of toy is unsustainable. For this reason, the physical pieces’ data is stored on the blockchain, making them usable regardless of the player’s physical location.
Typically, blockchain technology is associated with cryptocurrencies, or the financial world, to say the least. Due to the hype and lucrativeness surrounding digital currencies, scammers have recently turned into the industry to swindle the uninformed. Luckily, Blok.Party does not have any ulterior motive. Even if they had, the console’s low processing power and a measly 2GB of memory would not cut it.
The company resorted to blockchain as a more efficient and secure alternative to hosting their own centralized server to hold game data and player credentials. Moreover, the technology keeps tracks of all moves, eliminating the need of constantly referring to the game’s rules.
Initially, the game will have over 20 games available, such as Battlegrid, Codenames and Catan. These titles will be developed by Blok.Party, with the game library expected to expand substantially after the release of the console’s SDK.
The console is expected to launch before the end of the year, most likely during autumn. The introductory price will be $349, a discounted value from the recommend $599. The console will ship with a few games, and users can complement their collection from online game store.
While it considerably expensive as compared to its physical counterparts, board gamers will found the PlayTable irresistible!