At the time of writing, games have only a handful of choices when it comes to home consoles and even less choice when it comes to handhelds.

Whilst there’s certainly nothing wrong with the PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch (far from it, they’re all great in their own right) a new handheld console looks set to launch soon which looks pretty nifty.

At Gamescom gamers got a closer look at the SMACH Z, a PC handheld capable accessing PC games from Steam, Origin, GOG and more stores.

In case you’re not familiar with the device, the SMACH Z was originally funded through Kickstarted in 2016 raising $501,125 through pledges.

The device then continued its campaign on Indiegogo raising an additional $185,000 or so in funding. You can take a look at the new machine, just below:

Here’s a bit more info about PC handheld, sent out earlier this week from the SMACH Z press team:

Thanks to a close collaboration with AMD team, the SMACH Z enhanced its performance with the most powerful version of the V1000 processors family, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1807B SoC with AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics, now complemented with up to 32GB of RAM and 480GB SSD.

The new processor has 11 GPU cores, 3 more than the V1605B version, and a higher CPU frequency, passing from a base frequency of 2GHz of the V1605B one to 3.35GHz.

The SMACH Z runs demanding AAA PC games and with this improvement PC gamers can expect a better performance and enjoy a smoother gameplay on the go.


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The SMACH Z doesn’t have a release date just yet, but a launch shouldn’t be too far away based on their public facing presence at Gamescom this past week.

And should you decide to pick one up, you can reserve a unit for as little as £9, with the official site also allowing customers to customize their own choice of RAM, Storage, OS, colour and much more.

However, all this awesomeness doesn’t come cheap and even at the SMACH Z’s most basic specs, you’re still looking at close to £600 all in.

It depends, we guess, just how much you want to play some of those AAA games on the go, especially if you can’t see them coming to Nintendo Switch anytime soon.

Let’s be honest, the devs at Panic Button can’t port all those amazing PS4 and Xbox games on their own.



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