NFTs, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Web 3.0 and so on and so forth. In today and age, many of these terms, especially Web3, are very often used for rip-offs and the like. Almost every day there is a new crypto scam that comes with millions of euros. Although cryptocurrencies and NFTs have only recently hit record low levels, there are still many who cling to blockchain, and video games are no exception.
There is now an NFT game console, at least in the concept
Now Polium One is said to be the world’s first “NFT console” with which you can easily play Web3 games. The overall concept is a bit confusing and the console does not even exist at the moment. The official FAQ states that a first prototype is currently being worked on, at the moment there is only a concept and a matching image. Pre-orders will be offered in the form of NFTs, of which there are only 10,000. The finished console must then be developed with feedback from the pre-orderers.
Overall, there are not that many details about the Polium One. On the website you can see which different cryptocurrencies and wallets are accepted, and the controller is said to have a dedicated wallet button that you can also use to quickly access your wallet in the game.
Also, there is currently no proper list of supported games. The page itself states that the company is in talks with various game developers, and in a Twitter conversation, Polium states that the console should be able to play Web3 games more efficiently, but no concrete example has been given.
On the page itself, however, you will find the concept of a “Clean Dashboard”, which lists the various games. These include Otherside, the “Metaverse” game by the Board Ape Yacht Club, about which there is not really any information yet, Decentraland and Highstreet. These three examples also do not currently exist, and are also difficult to classify as “games”. Battle-Royale Grit at least has an appearance, too, and is set to be released later this year.
It’s a little strange that Polium does not want to give concrete examples, but already lists games in their concept art. Many of these titles are not exactly demanding, but interested customers will still want to know exactly what the device’s hardware will look like. In the official FAQ, Polium writes:
“Our goal is to build a high-performance console. The specifications you see on the website will not be confirmed until we have a working prototype.”
These specifications are without a doubt: 4K Ultra HD, TouchID, 8K HDR, Ray Tracing and up to 120 frames per second. So the console will not only support 4K and 8K, but will also use “TouchID”. This is where things get even weirder, because “Touch ID” is Apple’s proprietary technology that other companies are not allowed to use. It is not known if it is the same technology, but Polium may have a few issues with the name alone.
Touch ID must be used for a fingerprint sensor on the controller so no one can buy an NFT or anything like that without your permission. But if customers want to buy the image of a monkey themselves, the console will help with this with a “multi-chain wallet”, and users will be able to buy and exchange NFTs and in-game items.
At this point, it should be mentioned again that this console does not currently exist. The games shown do not exist either, and Polium does not even give any concrete examples of what you can do with this console at all. In addition, the Polium One’s logo is very similar to the Nintendo Gamecube’s logo, and the controller in the picture does not look very high quality either. In addition, the company behind the console probably could not even secure the name, which is why they are known as Polium underscore underscore on Twitter.
Polium would like to share more information about the supported games, the specifications, the Polium Pass, which also provides an additional “Playables PFP NFT”, and much, much more in the future. Although there is already a roadmap on the page, it also does not offer any details worth mentioning. In 2021 there was the idea and planning phase for the console, in 2022 the hardware will be developed. An official release is scheduled for 2024.
Polium itself received some negative comments on its featured console both on their Discord and on Twitter. In response, the company says in a few Twitter posts that they will build a finished prototype before accepting pre-orders. In addition, they are currently working on a new logo, although they disagree with the criticism of the similarity with the Gamecube logo. When it comes to games, the company says there will be “games and exclusive games” because “no console can succeed without games.”
Of course, even if the company keeps all its promises, the question remains as to what such a console is needed for at all. We will probably see how Polium One will continue in the coming months, as a first prototype is scheduled to be completed in November this year.