CES ’13: Portable Gaming Roundup

The portable gaming world is now more crowded thanks to the introduction of new products at CES 2013. Graphics hardware giant NVIDIA is jumping on board with “Project Shield” and mobile device manufacturer Archos is introducing “Gamepad.”

Before, Nintendo and Sony dominated the scene with their line of on-the-go products, namely the DS/3DS and the Vita. Thanks to the introduction of tablets, any Android or iOS phone can do more than just a simple round of Angry Birds. These days, the pie chart mapping who the big winners and niche players are is getting rather full.

The question many people will ask is will these new devices simply be a new flavour of the month, or be the creamy toppings one could put on the plate?

With Archos offering Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on their gaming unit, the question of which mobile player is tantalizing will depend on the gamer’s personal taste. The reports about NVIDIA’s handheld reveal this company likes Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). If these food metaphors are not bad enough, the choices gamers now have to make will depend on what they each like to eat.

No official specs have been released at the time of this writing, but based on reports from Gizmag and Laptop Magazine the following was extracted.

CPU: dual-core 1.5 GHz processor
GPU: Mali 400mp quad-core
7” Display (1024 x 600)




Project Shield
CPU: an ARM-based quad-core Cortex-A15
GPU: Tegra 4 processor
5” OLED Display (1280 x 720; 720p)




Razer Edge
CPU: Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 (quad-core)
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M
10″ Display  (1366 x 768)




With the Razer Edge as the third contender in this lineup, the battle for which product will be the better value for the buck will happen when all the items are out. The release dates for each of these devices are spread throughout the year. If these companies are going to slug it out between one another, they should have these products outs within a few months of each other instead of the other way around. No date has been set for Project Shield, Razer’s Edge has an unofficial mid-year date, and Gamepad is confirmed for Q4 release.

So far, none of these mobiles handhelds look like a clear winner. Niche products are a tough sell. In order for a product to succeed, it has to have a broad spectrum appeal. That’s why the Consumer Electronics Show exists, despite concerns that this trade show may be past its prime.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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