The Maemo Guru demonstrates gaming over the N900 TV-out cable and asks if this will impact the iPhone. Forget other handhelds– what might this do to larger gaming platforms?
Imagine as these devices get a little more powerful how they could play games on television screens that are now restricted to Xboxes, Playstations and Wiis. Then imagine how they could leverage that power along with high connectivity to internet cloud and home computing ecosystems to gain access to players and content. Expand that vision to propose a small video multiplexing device that allows 2 or more mobile computer users in the same room to partition the playing screen just as conventional game machines do now.
Suddenly the N900 portends a greater potential, and greater threat, for gaming. This platform may well be the first to truly bridge the world of Gameboys and immobile gaming devices.
Nokia took a beating for its N-Gage hardware, especially for not getting version 2 quite right. Maybe the company wizards did learn from that experience, and thanks to legendary corporate conservatism we are just now seeing the benefit of that lesson learned.
The N900 and its descendents may well show the world that Nokia does indeed get gaming, after all… I’m cautiously excited by the prospect and cannot wait to see where this goes. Arguments welcome. ;)