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GhostDrive
GhostDrive
GhostDrive Controller
Developer(s) Ghostrealmstudios
Console Type Home console
Generation Ninth
Storage 500 GB or 1 TB
Online Connectivity GhostNet
Release Date(s)
2018
Media Optical disc
Digital download
CPU Custom Intel CPU (3.6 GHz)
GPU Custom Nvidia GPU
Memory 16 GB
The GhostDrive (codenamed Project Vigor during development) is a ninth generation home console produced by Ghostrealm Studios as their first foray into the home console market.

History

The GhostDrive has its roots in the Nintendo UltraCube project, which was a console pitched to Nintendo but abandoned in favor of the Nintendo Switch. While the Enigma would later be developed as a handheld console to test the waters of the console market, Ghostrealm Studios began working on the GhostDrive.

From an early point in development, the console would be designed with the idea of making it the most powerful home console known to exist at the time, while retaining a vital price point. This would grant developers extensive freedom to develop the games they truly desired. It would also remove the "this system is too weak to develop for" excuse that developers often used to prevent development on some consoles. Both Intel and Nvidia were contacted for help with the console's internal hardware.

For the GhostDrive's controllers, Ghostrealm Studios looked to the Nintendo Switch for inspiration. Both the Joy-Cons and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller worked incredibly well for their own purposes, and would be inspiration. The "Casual" and "Pro" controller variants were then developed, with the former being designed similarily to the Joy-Cons, while the latter had a more traditional gamepad form. Both controller types would also gain access to the "button swap" technology, which allowed for the D-Pad and ABXY buttons to be swapped out for different layouts. This feature in particular came about during the development of the launch title Super Mario Expedition, as Expedition required a button layout similar to the Nintendo GameCube's controller in order to play best.

Hardware

The GhostDrive possesses a custom Intel CPU with a power of 3.6 GHz, and a custom Nvidia GPU alongside 16 GB of RAM. These specifications allow it to surpass the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in terms of processing power. The console utilizes optical discs for playing games, movies and TV shows, with Blu-ray support built in. Graphically, the console is capable of natively outputting in 4K resolution, and both its controllers and the console itself can be given color schemes in a similar vein to Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab website.

Controllers

The GhostDrive possesses two types of controllers: the Casual Controller, and the Pro Controller. Casual Controllers are designed similarily to a Joy-Con, with left and right variants and two sets of trigger buttons, both of which are analog triggers. Depending on whether you get the left or right variant, you'll either have L, ZL, and + buttons, or R, ZR, and - buttons. Both the left and right variants also have their own HOME and Capture buttons.

GhostDrive Controller

Pro Controllers on the other hand resemble traditional gamepads more, with a full set of analog sticks, trigger buttons, a proper D-Pad, and ABXY buttons alongside +, -, HOME, and Capture buttons. The console comes bundled with a single Pro Controller and two Casual Controllers.

Button Swaps

Uniquely, the D-Pad and ABXY buttons come on faceplates that can be taken out and swapped for different layouts, which resemble past controllers' button layouts.

D-Pad Swaps

  • Standard
  • Buttons (resembles a Joy-Con's D-Pad)
  • Circular (resembles the Sega Genesis/Xbox 360 D-Pads)

ABXY Swaps

  • Standard
  • A-Focus (resembles the Nintendo GameCube's button layout)

Miscellaneous Swaps

  • Touchpad
  • Analog Stick

Operating system

GhostDrive UI

The GhostDrive allows for compatibility with the Enigma console, allowing it to stream its contents to said console over Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, allowing for a sense of portability.

GhostNet

The console's online service offers access to online play, voice chat, a digital store, and more. A robust party system allows you to play with friends and chat with them, and a spiritual successor to Club Nintendo allows for you to gain reward points and spend them on physical and digital rewards.




Games

The GhostDrive's games can either be purchased digitally, or from the Ghostrealm Store. All games are region-free as well.


Besides the aforementioned titles, the following games were also ported to the GhostDrive:

  • Splatoon 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Sonic Mania
  • Super Mario Party
  • Diablo III Eternal Collection
  • Overwatch
  • Fallout 76
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Minecraft
  • Hollow Knight
  • Stardew Valley
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Brawlout
  • A Hat in Time

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