Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fancy a Windows 10 handheld gaming machine?

With Sony abandoning the handheld scene, JXD is doing a pretty good job at Android portable gaming devices. And now another Chinese firm, GPD, is having a shot with a potential Windows 10 portable device.

 

These are only concept images and the specification is not firmed down. If there's enough interest it would basically be a micro PC with a bunch of controls built in. The screen is just half-an-inch bigger than the Vita's and it would run Windows 10 Home. It all looks rather cramped, and while the Atom chip won't play the latest first person games, it can manage the likes of Diablo III and similar games. 

Internally, it could offer:

SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8500 / Z8550 quad-core Cherry Trail.
4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC + 128GB via micro SD slot for storage.
Display – 5.5-inch 1280×720 resolution touchscreen.
Video Output- micro HDMI Audio Output – micro HDMI + 3.5mm headset jack
Connectivity – WiFi and Bluetooth USB – 1x USB Type-C port, 1x USB 3.0 host
Battery – 6000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery, good for 6 to 8 hours of online games.

Yes, the keyboard looks pretty crappy, but hey - it could work. Since the Android consoles thrive on emulators, I'd imagine this one would make a great historic machine. It has competition in the form of the US-based and Linux-driven DragonBox Pyra.

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