Tuesday, November 22

GameGadget, New Open Source Linux Based Gaming Handheld Coming this Year


A new Linux based gaming handheld GameGadget has been announced today by Blaze Europe that will allow you to install your favorite games from iTunes style app store called GameGadgetGames.

Developers will be able to publish games easily via this service and they will be distributed using proprietary DRM .

However, the press release is not quite clear and mentions that the device will be able to run every game. There is no information about hardware specs, no prototypes, working game demos, nothing really.

Excerpts:

GameGadget is a revolutionary Open Source handheld gaming device that will change the way that games are played, developed and sold. 

GameGadget has been designed with the ultimate goal of playing every game on a single device, just as the “iPod” was for music. Hundreds of thousands of games are currently “archived” and no longer being enjoyed by Gamers, with no value being generated for the Developers and Publishers. The launch of GameGadget creates a market for gamers to play the games they want to play. The GameGadgetGames service, just like “Apple’s App Store”, allows the owners of these games, to re-market their back catalogue, in their original format, set the appropriate pricing and gain incremental revenue, BUT with no additional investment”

GameGadget provides all the tools to help users to create their own games - even if they have no experience in video game development!  GameGadget hardware has also been developed to be freely programmable, to encourage individuals and small developers to create exciting new content, just as Sony Computer Entertainment did for the PlayStation One with Net Yaroze and with the Linux Platform for PlayStation 2.

GameGadget 1.0 uses a Linux based Operating System which has been highly optimized for handheld consoles. This allows programmers to develop content just like they would do for any other Linux based system.

Popular game development libraries such as SDL and DirectFB are fully compatible, creating a cross compiling environment. GameGadget provides all documentation, start-up guides for developers, lists of available libraries and specific platform notes. 

Of course such a device will be great if it allows us to play open source Linux based and other games. However, things are hard to believe at the moment considering that we already have a vaporware named nD. The only thing that seems good about this at the moment is the UK based company behind it, Blaze Europe that has been successfully selling handhelds containing Sega Genesis game packs. Though the company itself is not very well known.

The device is expected to be released at the end of the year with approx. price of $160.
via Kotaku

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