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deinfinityx

September 29th 2009 7:37 pm

True mobile OS gaming platform

Well Hardkernel has announced it will be releasing this in November to developers, with a consumer model to follow, but whats more impressive is the fact that this is coming in to compete with the DSi and PSP GO as a digital gaming platform and it runs android so it already has a decent collection of games, plus it can be played in both the vertical and horizontal aspect.

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deinfinityx

I think out of all the digitial game consoles out there this one could(with proper advertising which won't happen) will be a decent player. It won't have the quality of titles the pspgo or dsi has or the quanity the ithings have but it merges the two in a decent manner.
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coologuy1957

This does not impressive me until I see some big name developer support, complete with franchises, and until it launches and gets some sales. There are too many examples of devices like this that have had horrible fates (Game.com, Gizmondo, Tapwave Zodiac, Game Park Holdings GP2X, and the Pandora handheld console...)
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deinfinityx

I do agree but EA, and gameloft already publish titles for Android so they will be supported, and it is also for games like the ones in the iphone store although this does it better.
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coologuy1957

theres definitely lots of potential for a "best of both worlds" device....
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deinfinityx

Sadly all i see is lots of potential, I mean it is an awesome device but i don't see it selling well or well enough. But this is where the iphone should go if they really want to be a gaming platform.
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coologuy1957

completely true. I could see every company but Apple trying to have attachments and stuff like that to emulate a system like this.... Apple is so proud of their pioneering work in multitouch that they ignore everything else....
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Creegz

There is potential, but chances are it will fail.
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wshwe

Single-purpose handheld gaming devices are on their way out. Developers will have to come out with compelling games for this device to have any hope of success.
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deinfinityx

Its not single purpose it has Android so its a fully capable media player as well as browser. It is almost like an MID that can play games well.
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alslayer

Personally I don't like the button layout. Why can't they have a tapwave zodiac layout?
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deinfinityx

Well the button layout is for playing in both landscape and vertical mode, looks funny but i bet its very intuitive after you get used to it.
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coologuy1957

the playing in vertical orientation could be interesting, but I think right now the D-Pads are a little too low and will prove uncomfortable... I like how the PSP and DS D-Pads are in the middle and when you have to dip down to control (like with the analog nub for instance), it can be rather uncomfortable... maybe they will play test and optimize before launch..
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deinfinityx

Yeah it does look off, but then again this would be perfect for emulation since the processor is better optomized for it and in that instance it could work, but definitely not the cheapest solution but you also get web media and Android treats.
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deinfinityx

www.engadget.com­/2009­/10­/01­/android­-based­-odroid­-h...

Some video of it in action, as well as it outputting to a Tv, looks like it could handle probably any previous gen console. I wonder if it could emulate PS1 games as well, it has the horsepower to.
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greeny

I really hope this is a success...the only handhelds I've ever been tempted by had virtually no good software, lets hope this is the one to change that.
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coologuy1957

Pretty much every handheld since the original Game Boy has had a great library - every nintendo handheld, the sega game gear, and the psp even has a large catalog now. I don't understand this comment at all...
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greeny

all the mainstream handheld consoles never really caught my attention, unlike the Pandora, which is my idea of a perfect handheld, but lacks games and big software companies. Hope you can understand what I meant now :)
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coologuy1957

I understand. The pandora sounds really cool as well as the portable emulation king. I was just saying there's a big difference between "never really caught my attention" and the consoles having "virtually no good software". They all had great libraries and huge software company backing. Open-source consoles like these never get that kind of support. The only reason this ODROID is different is because of the underlying ANDROID OS which is already well supported.

These old console handheld emulators are really cool though. I've been tempted with the idea of getting the GP2X, but the pandora could turn out pretty sweet as well!
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