Polium announces its first NFT game console for web3 games

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Poium, a company behind Web 3 products, has announced the world’s first multi-chain console designed for Web3 gaming, the Polium One. Apparently, gamers can play games on ImmutableX, Solana, Ethereum, Polygon, BNB, EOS, Wax and Harmony without having to switch networks or use multiple wallets.

“Web 3 Gaming will be the future,” Polium wrote on social media to celebrate the announcement. “The console will be powerful enough to run high-performance games and will be easy to use for a traditional gamer who doesn’t understand Web 3.”

For inexperienced users, Web3 has become a catch-all term for the vision of a new, better version of the World Wide Web over the past year. At its core, Web3 uses blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs to return power to users in the form of ownership. However, Web3 should not be confused with Web 3.0 or the Semantic Web.

According to Poium, the console will be powerful enough to run high-quality games and easy to use for a traditional gamer who doesn’t understand Web 3This not only solves a problem, but also ensures mass adoption of the future of the Internet (Web3).

†[…] We want to build a console where winning and losing count, so we came up with the idea to combine all compatible games into 1 leaderboard. Players move up the leaderboard by winning, earning trophies and voting on proposals. The more you win, the more you earn. Not only will this make gaming more competitive and fun, but it will also keep users engaged with the console.” Polium wrote in a Medium article

†[…] The market size of Web 3 Gaming will continue to increase. We are building the future, not tomorrow. Polium wants to bridge the gap between Web 3 and traditional gaming. Building an affordable and easy-to-use console for Web 3 gaming is the first big step toward mainstream adoption.”

Specifications:

According to the Polium website, the specifications of the Polium One console include 4K Ultra HD, TouchID, 8K HDR, Ray Tracing and up to 120 frames per second (fps). Both 4K and 8K gaming are mentioned as separate features. It even claimed to integrate Apple’s own ‘TouchID’ technology for secure crypto transactions, which seems impossible.

That said, the website has now been updated to remove references to 8K gaming and TouchID, and now only lists 4K UHD and a “Scanner”. Furthermore, the controller will have an integrated fingerprint scanner for an extra layer of security, haptic feedback, a touchpad, headphone jack, a ‘wallet’ button and a switch that is assigned to the store.

Release date and pre-order

Polium says they are currently developing the hardware for the console, which will be custom and the CPU/GPU will be provided by NVIDIA. It also said that the console’s hardware and software will be built with the help of the community.

The company is expected to have a working prototype of the console within “a few months” with the estimated release date as Q3 2024.

Only those who mint or buy a “Polium Pass” through “Play” tokens can pre-order the console. A Polium Pass is itself an NFT on the Ethereum network. Those who pre-order will be among the first set of 10,000 people (Polium Pass holders and partners) to get the console in Q3 2024. In the third quarter of 2025, more consoles will be made for the general public with the goal of selling more than 1. million pieces.

Criticism of the announcement:

The announcement of Polium One has been received with many reactions criticism and uncertainty, as no functional prototype of the console has yet been developed. Also, there is no clarity on which games will be available on Polium, as the company is currently “in talks with several Web 3 Game Developers”. Some even question the benefits of blockchain gaming and believe it to be a scam.

The company was even trolled on social media for copying a logo that looks eerily similar to a upside down Nintendo GameCube logo.

Polium in a response to the “criticism and mixed reviews” pronunciation on his official Twitter handle said: “We have not copied the GameCube logo from Nintendo. There are several companies that use a similar logo. But we will illustrate a new logo that is original.”

As of now, Polium One is just a representation and nothing else. It would be interesting to see if it develops into a real product and sees the light of day. Time will tell. Stay tuned to this space for more updates!

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