Thursday, December 10, 2015

Smach Z handheld PC gaming system hits Kickstarter

With a regular supply of Android handheld gaming devices from JXD, the likes of Nvidia's Shield and clunky controller bolt-ons for phones, there's still plenty of interest and opportunity around portable gaming. Unless you're Sony!



Add to the list the Smach Z, it supports around 1,000 Steam games out of the box, but not the Windows-only big hitters, and there's less chance of sneaking in emulators, unlike the Android boxes that often ship with dozens of them.

The Steam-OS powered Smach Z has raised nearly €100K in its first couple of days, with a €900K target. You need to put down €199 to get one of these at early bird prices and it features, if it hits its stretch goals:
  • AMD embedded G-Series SoC with "Jaguar"-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics with 2 GB of dedicated GPU RAM.
  • 4 GB RAM memory (8 GB on PRO model)
  • 64 GB* internal memory (128 GB on PRO model)
  • MicroSD Card Slot.
  • 5-inch Touch screen with 1080p** resolution.
  • USB 3.0 type C
  • Configurable tactile gamepads.
  • HDMI video output connection.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.0 Ghz and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • 4G mobile network connectivity (PRO model only).
Neat tricks include interchangeable control pads and streaming of games installed on your PC. 

There's an idea for Sony, a crowdfunded PS Vita2, full HD, full PS4 controls, uprated processors AND MICRO SD! Not much to ask for, is it! 

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