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The Jungle – Panasonic’s new online handheld

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Do you know what the world needs right now? Another gaming platform. I for one was totally not content with having more than six to choose from. Lucky for me then that Panasonic has decided to jump into the gaming console market – balls first.

Meet the Jungle. It’s a clamshell, handheld gaming device designed with one purpose: portable online gaming, but specifically MMORPGs.

The device features a touchpad, directional pad as well as a full QWERTY keyboard and high-resolution screen. Size-wise it’s slightly larger than an old Nintendo DS, but definitely thicker. Judging by the picture there are also shoulder buttons. Because online gaming is the selling point, it’ll obviously have Wi-fi built in, but hopefully a 3G options as well. HDMI is also rumoured. The thing kind of looks like it’d survive a fall from a twelve-story building, or it was designed for use by Bear Grylls.

The acronym MMORPG is practically synonymous with World of Warcraft. The thing is, it is unlikely that this piece of hardware will be able to run WOW because it’s rumoured to run off a Linux OS. Add in the fact that the screen is pretty small (no official size yet) as is the keyboard, and it seems unlikely that the Jungle will be comfortable to play command-heavy MMORPGs on.

So far it’s confirmed that the device will be able to run Battlestar Galactica Online, and a number of other MMOs will, no doubt, be announced later on. Should the Jungle be able to run browser-based games then that will open up a lot of options.

Panasonic’s new toy was made public mere hours ago, so don’t be too quick to condemn it to fail, as that would be entirely premature. Still, I’ll admit that releasing a handheld with a very specific purpose (online gaming only) into the current gaming hardware market is a ballsy move. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. In the meantime you can check out the official website.

Source: Gizmodo [via Kotaku]


Last Updated: October 5, 2010


  1. Geoffrey Tim

    October 5, 2010 at 12:28

    Hello, N-Gage 2.0!


  2. Geoffrey Tim

    October 5, 2010 at 12:33

    You have to remember, this is from the people that brought you the 3DO. the only way I can see it working is if they magically get WoW ported.


  3. Miklós Szecsei

    October 5, 2010 at 12:39

    Agreed. IF they get WoW running on the thing (or better yet, it ships pre-installed) then this will sell like a $2 hooker on pay-day.

    If it does use a Linux OS then there are lots of programs to use to get Windows-based programs running, but the average WoW user won’t want to fiddle for ages to get that right.

    I think there’s potential here, but (like all gaming handhelds) the unit will live or die by the games it gets.


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