Panasonic has unveiled its handheld gaming device called the Jungle. According to Panasonic, The Jungle is the first portable gaming console designed exclusively for online gaming and MMORPGs. Yes, the company that gave the world the 3DO console is at it again.
According to Kotaku, the Panasonic Jungle reportedly has a Linux OS (for gaming? mmo’s are notoriously windows based…so you gotta use something like WINE.) and has a spectacular screen. But again, small is still small. Not sure if the jungle has what it takes to show all the necessary menus and control system present in hardcore MMORPG. Plus, would you even go on dungeon raids while in transit? Looks fugly too. Sorry, Panasonic. =)
We’ll take a look at the Panasonic Jungle again once specs are released as it who knows? it might be that portable MMO game machine you have been looking for…unless you already have the Pandora.
Kotaku comes with an update re the official website for the Panasonic Jungle
The Jungle’s official web site calls it a “new mobile device concept designed specifically for online gamers,” a “mean little machine features a kick ass display, touch pad, keyboard, and other gaming controls,” they claim.
What’s it for? Well, The Jungle will someday be able to play a mix of “content” and “experiences.” In real world speak, that means The Jungle will at least be compatible with the browser-based MMO from SyFy and BigPoint, Battlestar Galactica Online. The new platform’s web site also makes a couple references to free-to-play browser game RuneScape as well, so don’t be surprised if Jagex’s fantasy MMORPG announced at some point.
The Jungle’s creators say they’re “working with leading online game developers to create some exciting new content.” Sure sounds like The Jungle will be able to play many browser-based MMOs and may have the ability to serve as your on-the-go Farmville player, but probably isn’t up to the task of running World of Warcraft remotely.
The platform holder is also working with video game web site Machinima.com on a “hilarious” new show call Online Underground, which looks to feature the platform’s cartoon mascots delivering “news and information in the world of online gaming.”