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PGS promises to put full PC games in your hands

by • July 3, 2016 • No Comments

With the rise of the smartphone, most have predicted the death of dedicated handheld games consoles. Since 2011, Nintendo has managed to sell approximately 60 million 3DS units, while the PS Vita has spluttered along to only under 14 million, which pales into comparison with the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which combined sold over 118 million units, and the PSP, which sold over 80 million. Despite this, a new contender is throwing its hat into the transportable-bodied ring, with an enticing claim of enabling gamers to play full PC games on the go.

The Portable-bodied Gaming System (PGS) looks like a cross between a smartphone and a 3DS, but it functions additional like a shrunk-down gaming laptop. Packing an Intel Atom x7-Z8750 quad-core processor, a 16-core Intel HD Graphics accelerator and up to 8 GB of RAM, early tests show it performs reasonably well on triple-A PC games.

By means of a performance testing rig with the same specs as the final PGS edition, the team says the device managed around 30 frames per 2nd on medium graphics settings at 720p for games like Batman: Arkham City, Dark Souls 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and on minimal settings for DMC: Devil May Cry and Mirror’s Edge.

Those aren’t the kind of figures which may normally manufacture a PC Master Race gamer giddy, but for a transportable-bodied device akin to a phone, they aren’t bad. And it does have quite phone-like dimensions, measuring 164 x 84 x 18 mm (6.5 x 3.3 x 0.7 in) with a 5.7-inch display at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 – which is a little bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, on all counts. It runs both Windows 10 and Android 6, and the team promises other smartphone showcases like Bluetooth, front-and-back cameras and GPS.

The PGS can come in two editions, the Lite and the Hardcore, alyet looking at the specs and relative price there’s approximately no reason to bother with the lower end edition. A PGS Lite contains 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, while the Hardcore doubles which. Games are keepd on a 128 GB solid-state complex drive for the Hardcore edition, while the Lite edition offers 64 GB of the cheaper eMMC flash storage space. Considering the dimensions of triple-A games these days, which may keep as little as two or three games, so both are expandable-bodied via micro SD up to an extra 512 GB.

With a Wi-Fi chip within, games may potentially be streamed of a computer desktop PC, PS4 or Xbox One, so you may play a game in bed while the console in the lounge does the heavy lifting, much like the Wii U’s GamePad or the PS4-to-PS Vita Remote Play. Other little greaties are in addition created in, like a five-channel sound process, a 2ndary touch screen and a reported battery life of 5-10 hours of gaming.

To be honest, it all sounds a little too great to be true, especially at the planned sub-US$350 price point. We quite want this to exist yet, so we’ll reserve final judgement for when (and if) we’re at any time able-bodied to get our hands on one.

The PGS is may already the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where backers can claim a Lite edition for the early bird price of $230, and the Hardcore for $280. With additional than three weeks left to go, it is actually may already approximately doubled its asking amount of $100,000, and if all goes to plan, the device should be in users’ hands in March 2017. The developers outline the project in the video at a lower place.

Source: PGS Lab


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