During CES19 this year one of the products that caught our eye was Wizama's SquareOne, a tablet that acts as a digital board for tabletop gaming. The French startup company was in Las Vegas to show off the tech last week, and we caught up with chief research officer Damien Botta and found out more about the concept.
The SquareOne is a 17-inch tablet that supports NFC and Bluetooth-connected accessories - cards, dice, and game pieces - and acts as a digital board upon which tabletop gaming can take place. One game demoed at CES19 was currently being developed by a "very famous author of board games". Another of the games demoed was able to support four players, but according to the man from Wizama, the console can support up to eight users at a time.
Botta also added that the company wanted to add "more than 30, 40, 50 games, we want [a lot] of games" ranging from smaller titles to big, "famous" IPs, although he wasn't able to give us any names so for now we're going to have to wait and see whether the company is targeting household names (Monopoly, Scrabble, that sort of thing) or some of the tabletop games that are currently being digitalised by the likes of Asmodee (which includes the likes of tablletop darlings Gloomhaven and Scythe) and Games Workshop (Warhammer).
The SquareOne is expected to hit the market later this year, and it's expected to cost around $500 / £400. You can see it in action below.