Panasonic takes on online gaming with new handheld device


5 Oct 2010

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Panasonic will release a new handheld console – the Panasonic Jungle – which will let gamers access online games and MMOs on the go.

The first game to support it is Bigpoint’s upcoming Battlestar Gallactica MMO. Panasonic also claims that many “leading online developers” are working with the device.

The Panasonic Jungle is equipped with shoulder buttons, a touch pad, a d-pad and a QWERTY keyboard.

It also features a HDMI port and a micro-USB port. The Jungle runs on a customised Linux operating system.

Their website calls it a “mean little machine,” which has a heavy focus in online gaming.

"We began this journey by asking gamers what they wanted,” said the Panasonic Jungle team.

“Almost unanimously, we heard calls for online gaming products. Some gamers wanted a handheld, some wanted new content, others new experiences (one dude wanted a tattoo of the Kalphite Queen). In response, the Jungle was born.”

"At the core is a new mobile device concept designed specifically for online gamers. We’re also working with leading online game developers to create some exciting new content," they said.

This isn’t Panasonic’s first bid in the gaming market. Panasonic previously released the 3DO back in 1993.

Panasonic has yet to confirm a launch date or price for the new machine.

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