Forget Siri or Alexa, this smart speaker coaches you to play Arena of Valor
But will gamers pay?
You can find all sorts of toys in the shape of game characters -- but have you ever wished they could also play music, read you the weather forecast, and answer questions?
Well, maybe you haven’t. But that dream has nonetheless come true in China, where the country’s biggest game publisher Tencent has released a smart speaker in the shape of feisty archer Sun Shangxiang from Honor of Kings -- known as Arena of Valor in the West.
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“Yup, it’s definitely a tuhao robot. Bye bye,” wrote another person, referring to a Chinese slang term used to describe the nouveau riche.