Should you’re into crypto, the Polium One NFT console may sound like an attractive proposition. For everybody else, it is comedy gold.
Polium One’s builders have proposed the console as a portal for ‘Web3’ gaming. Such video games sometimes fall beneath the ‘play-to-earn’ banner. That’s, incomes cryptocurrency by means of play.
Given the controversy surrounding Web3 tasks and NFTs typically – largely as a result of pricey environmental impression and penchant for ‘rugpull’ scams, it is one thing that fashionable flagships like PS5 and Xbox Collection X have neatly prevented.
Polium has been fairly energetic on Twitter, the place it is garnering precisely the unsuitable form of consideration. Virtually each publish the developer has made has been met with overwhelmingly unfavourable suggestions. However why is that?
We’re introducing the Polium One, A multi-chain console for Net 3 Gaming. #Web3OnConsole pic.twitter.com/tkRaP2O13AJuly 2, 2022
The Polium One NFT console initially drew consideration to itself with a reasonably familiar-looking emblem. Meant to resemble a cubic ‘P,’ Twitter customers had been extraordinarily fast to level out that Polium’s imagery bore a placing resemblance to the long-lasting Nintendo Gamecube emblem.
Polium has since modified its emblem in response to the backlash. However to be sincere, ‘modified’ is getting used very generously there, because it’s extra of a slight alteration that also cannot shake its Gamecube roots.
However a plagiarized emblem might be the least offensive factor in regards to the Polium One NFT console. In any case, what good is a console if there aren’t any video games to play on it? Right here lie the primary indicators that the Polium One must be approached with excessive warning.
On the subject of video games, Polium has been adamant on Twitter that the console “could have video games and unique video games.” Each time a person has requested about which video games we are able to count on to launch on Polium One, the model provides a imprecise reply that it is “presently in talks” with varied Web3 sport builders.
To date, we now have a console introduced with no video games connected to it, then. However it will get worse. Polium has additionally claimed the console will be capable of run video games at 8K decision, and as much as 120fps with ray-tracing enabled. Sorry, however no. Even essentially the most monstrous PC rigs could have a tricky time pulling that off.
Not solely are one of the best 8K TVs in the marketplace proper now fiendishly costly, however it will additionally imply the Polium One is vastly extra highly effective than the PS5 and Xbox Collection X. And provided that the console’s renders seem like roughly the identical measurement as an grownup human’s hand, I doubt that is the case.
Lastly, I’ve to the touch on the rationale the Polium One exists (or theoretically exists) within the first place. NFTs and crypto. As you’d count on from this sort of undertaking, one cannot merely pre-order a Polium One with good ol’ hard-earned money. Nope.
As an alternative, you will want to purchase a Polium Go to be allowed to pre-order the console. The Polium Go is, you guessed it, an NFT. One which needs to be bought by means of the Ethereum community. Sigh.
On high of that, solely 10,000 of those NFTs have been minted. That appears to run counter to Polium’s mission assertion of bringing Web3 gaming to mainstream audiences. Quite the opposite, it is clear that the Polium One has no mass-market enchantment in anyway. That ought to instantly elevate a purple flag for anybody even remotely within the undertaking.
It is also value noting that thus far, Polium hasn’t revealed technical specs for the console. It additionally claims it will not have a working prototype till round November of this yr.
The cynic in me is pondering that is loads of time for Polium to rack up these NFT pre-orders and scarper. Sadly, that would not be atypical for NFT-based tasks comparable to this.