Three highlights from ChinaJoy 2018: Sony, Xiaomi and a new gaming PC
Our early picks from China's biggest gaming show
We're here at China's biggest gaming show in Shanghai, ChinaJoy 2018. Everyone is here, from local giants like Tencent to overseas players like Sony and Microsoft.
We'll have so much more from the show in the days ahead here on Abacus, but first here are some quick highlights from the show.
PlayStation games from China
Sony unveiled a new series of China Hero Project games for PlayStation.
They're games from Chinese developers, backed by Sony, all for release on PlayStation platforms. The new lineup features game ranging from RPG to RTS.
The most head-turning title? An RPG called Monkey King: Hero is Back. It draws from the famous Chinese fantasy novel Journey to the West. It's a huge part of Chinese mythology and a recent film was the country's biggest animated movie ever when it premiered in 2015.
Xiaomi's gaming laptop
Xiaomi unveiled a new gaming laptop priced at 8,999 yuan (around US$1,300).
It is a beast: It's got an Intel i7-8750 CPU and a GTX 1060 6GB GPU. The 15.6-inch device also excels in the memory and storage department with 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk.
China's console maker is back... with a PC?
China’s homegrown console brand Subor released a new gaming PC powered by a semi-custom chip from AMD, combining a Ryzen CPU with Radeon Vega Graphics.
Priced at 4,998 yuan (around US$720), the device looks like a console but it’s really a PC that runs Windows 10.
Subor is actually the most well-known Chinese console brand. Its early consoles were arguably Nintendo clones. But it remained relevant even after the Chinese government banned home consoles for 15 years -- as it simply rebranded its consoles as "digital study companions".
So Subor's return to the console business is drawing a lot of interest, especially as it claims to come with a lot of exclusive titles. And this PC could be a sign of things to come: Subor says it’ll be launching an actual consoles soon powered by the same AMD chip.