The demand for handheld game consoles has dipped drastically with the ever growing popularity of smartphones. Compared to the sales of the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color the sales for Nintendo and PS Vita have been dismal. But despite of this less than favorable scenario a new manufacturer of hand held consoles has entered the market with the claim that gamers will be able to play full PC games on the device.
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The new PGS which has an Intel Atom x7-Z8750 quad-core processor along with a 16 core Intel HD Graphics accelerator and 8 GB of RAM is a smaller version of a gaming laptop. The device which looks like a hybrid between a smartphone and a 3DS apparently performed quite well on Triple-A PC games during initial testing.
The team which tested the PGS announced that it was able to deliver 30 frames per second on medium graphics settings of 720p for games such as Batman: Arkham City, Dark Souls 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. These figures might not overly excite a pro PC gamer but as far as hand help devices go they seem pretty neat. The device measures 164 x 84 x 18 mm (6.5 x 3.3 x 0.7 in) in width with a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution.
Both Windows 10 and Android 6 will be able to operate on the PGS. It will also support other phone like features such as Bluetooth, GPS and both frontand back cameras. The PGS will be available in two models- the Lite and the Hardcore but if you compare the specs and the prices for both of them you should forgo purchasing the lower spec’d model. The Lite comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM which the Hardcore doubles.
The storage option for a Lite is 64 GB of the cheaper eMMC flash storage compared to the 128 GB solid-state hard drive available with the Hardcore. The storage for both the devices can be expanded by 512GB through a micro SD card. The Wi-Fi chip installed inside the PGS allows you to stream whichever game you want to play which enables you to enjoy your game inside your bed while all the hard work is done by your PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
The PGS is priced at $350 which seems too low for all the specs we are getting. But we will refrain from giving our final word on the matter until we are actually able to buy it. The PGS is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign and has already doubled the initial asking bid of $100000. If everything goes according to the set plan the device should be ready for retail in March 2017. .