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Panasonic announces new handheld console: Jungle

Tuesday, 5th October 2010 05:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Seems 3DO wasn’t enough discouragement, then.

Panasonic’s revealed a new handheld games console coming from the company which allows users to access online games and MMOs wherever they go.

According to Gizmodo, the device will apparently feature a QWERTY keyboard, touchpad, shoulder buttons and a d-pad, as well as a HDMI port and a micro USB port.

The device will also apparently run with a custom build of Linux.

What has been confirmed, however, is the first game to support the device: the upcoming Battlestar Galactica MMO from BigPoint.

Jungle also got an appearance on MTV show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory overnight in the US.

Panasonic had previously tried its hand with 3DO, which didn’t turn out to be the biggest success in the world, ever.

There’s videos of the handheld and BSGO below via the official website.

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24 Comments

  1. muffinmn100

    You cant play an MMO like that on a small screen without a real mouse. this will fail

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    *squint*

    #2 4 years ago
  3. pjmas05

    What a load of old shit, jeez.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    As a MMO gamer What a pile of…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. KAP

    Honestly.. they’ll never learn. Soon as they hear M$ losses there largest finance backer worms start peeping out the woodwork.

    The PSP must be like: “phew, we wont be the biggest flop this gen after all”

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Joe Anderson

    @5 I’d hardly call the PSP a flop.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5 How device is a flop if it sold for 60 million units and still selling?

    and it is a first Handheld device that didn’t died in it’s first place?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    @7, true, selling more than the 360, but oddly, you normally seem to talk negatively about Sony, guess the psp is an exception?
    I honestly loved the PSP, felt like a home console you could take on the move, but a lack of 3rd party support & the huge price of a new console was what caused me not to get it, the only reason the DS was a sucess was because of gimmicky games like Nintendogs & the neverchanging franchises from 20-30 years ago like Mario & Pokemon, remember: ‘it’s a different story when Nintendo re-releases a game 200 times, but let’s condemn everyone else who has ever released a sequel’ well, that’s atleast what i hear from Nintendo fans, i like how Sony does 2-3 sequels then a spin-off or 2 then start with something new, they have over 3 times as many franchises as any other console manufacturer.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Is it April already?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dannybuoy

    I have a dream, that one day, little PS3/360 boys and little Wii girls will one day join hands and point and laugh at Panny’s latest fail bomb.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    what? what idiot authorised this?? You cant launch new hardware from a toal unknown in this market! it will fail and die HARD!!!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Filofax

    @11 You can bet that Bruce Willis will be all over this. :)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. abnormal alan

    wow that looks like a piece of shit, and the trailer looks like it was made by children

    #13 4 years ago
  14. abnormal alan

    plus welcome to the jungle? dear god what is this the 1980s?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. freedoms_stain

    Their market is MMO junkies, and MMO junkies don’t go outside, so why would they need this?

    MMO while you shit?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Callum

    I think an I phone app would be more of a success, rather than expensive new hardware.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. freedoms_stain

    @16, have you ever played an RPG on PC? Have you ever seen a PC RPG super geek play an RPG on PC? There is fuck all, and I stress FUCK ALL chance an MMO built for keyboard and mouse will work on a phone. It’d need to be built from the ground up with touchscreen interface in mind.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. EscoBlades

    LOLWUT!!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. 2plus2equals5

    More consoles = more competition = better for us.

    @5:
    It’s about time to make you(and all nintendo fans) see the truth.
    1)Nintendo started with 80 MILLIONS, i repeat 80 MILLIONS, of gba users. Millions of people that AUTOMATICALLY buyed the ds.
    The psp is a newcomer(i don’t need to say what it involves) that had to earn every single user versus the huge monopoly of nintendo portable consoles.
    You can see the ds as heir of a millionair dinasty, the psp is a self-made orphan console(lol).
    2)have you ever seen a competitor to rule a monopoly with his first hit?
    Amd surpassed intel at the first hit? No, but see now. And there’s a lot of other examples, you only need to see around you ;)
    3)Sony doesn’t innovate? See the gba, and see the psp, there are no differences? Before the psp did you ever thought that you can see a movie, go to internet, listen music etc with a portable console? Do you think that adding buttons and analogic means nothing?
    Tell us the truth, where are the innovation of nintendo when it’s time to play? Innovative hardware? Ok, but games? since it was established that nintendo always offers the same games. Sony doesn’t innovate? Maybe, or maybe not, what about Heavy rain? what about little big planet? what about modnation racers? what about mag? And what about new ips like uncharted, infamous etc?
    Nintendo makes new hardware, sony makes new games.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    @19, this isn’t a console really, it’s a small-form single purpose laptop.

    Using this thing could end up being pretty expensive, to ise it “wherever you go” it’s going to need a 3G connection, and that is going to have to be paid for, unless of course it supports WiFi and you have an Android phone running 2.2 capable of creating a WiFi hotspot, thus allowing you to use the data connection you’ve already paid for…

    #20 4 years ago
  21. KAP

    PSP is a flop in the west, lets leave it as that shall we.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Crysis

    @21, far from it, just because it wasn’t as big as the undisputed champion of portable gaming for over 20 years, doesn’t make it a flop, Sony sold a quite alot & made a fair profit, 17mil in the US alone is far from a flop, 5 more mil than the ps3, 1 mil less than the 360 (American figures here, Sony’s much more popular everywhere else where quality>quantity)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    MMO doesn’t have to mean MMORPG.

    Take Star Wars Battlefront, put it online with 256player battles in a persistant universe, and you have a MMO. Change that setting to BattleStarGalactica. You will have a very playable, on the go, MMO. Mix in lite RPG elements, like weapons/skill upgrades and you could apply that that same aproach to a great number of games.

    I am not saying I want one of these systems. But I think there is a market for one, if they get the right software at the right price point. Just don’t expect World of Warcraft style game experiences.

    Now if they were smart they would allow this system to display on a TV, link to your PC, and do more then just play games(a phone service makes sense). And if they are really intent on making it work, they better sell it with a game, for less then 150usd. And that is where I bet they trip up first. No way they can make this thing affordable.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DaMan

    @22 it isn’t quantity vs quality, it’s true pocket gaming vs watered down console gaming. handheld titles should fundamentally differ from those being played on your TV.

    #24 4 years ago

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