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Panasonic Invites Gamers To the Jungle

Soulskill posted about 4 years ago | from the it's-all-fun-and-games dept.

Portables (Games) 74

donniebaseball23 writes "In a move that will instantly conjure up memories of the infamous 3DO failure, Panasonic has once again decided to throw its hat into the gaming ring, unveiling an online-focused handheld called the Jungle. It features a high-resolution display, a D-pad, a touch pad, and a full mini-keyboard in addition to standard gaming shoulder buttons. Wireless support is a given, as Panasonic is talking heavily about the console's online features, but whether that's Wi-Fi or 3G remains unclear. M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon said, 'The Jungle is a highly specialized dedicated portable for a non-existent market. This is an unprecedented hardware strategy, and probably for good reason. If MMO players want to go more portable than a laptop, I guess this would be the way to go. Frankly, this looks like a non-starter.'" An anonymous reader notes comments from NetDevil's Ryan Seabury, who thinks the decision to have the device run Linux is a mistake.

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Running Linux not a mistake. (4, Insightful)

bertoelcon (1557907) | about 4 years ago | (#33804534)

If it runs Linux then they are going to be guaranteed a few sales from people just wanting to tinker with it.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (3, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | about 4 years ago | (#33804548)

True, but there's already a handheld like that. [openpandora.org]

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804672)

Yeah, if you're willing to wait ages to get an already outdated device.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (2, Insightful)

wintersdark (1635191) | about 4 years ago | (#33804912)

Already outdated? It's not that shabby. Clocks up to 1ghz or so without voiding warranty, max ~64gb of storage space, touchscreen, full keyboard, gaming nubs, etc.

It's generally more powerful than an iPad, fits in your pocket, running a properly open Linux distro - angstrom w/ XFCE (and people have gotten Ubuntu and Debian running on it too).

I've been watching the development for quite a while now, and things seem to be well coming to a head. Realistically still a few more months to go for new orders, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33805524)

I placed a pre-order for one two years ago, eventually just got bored and bought a PSP instead.

I like the sound of this Panasonic thing. D-pad plus touch pad would be a nice combo for FPSes. The Wii is almost there, but the resistive touchscreen isn't ideal, and it isn't very ergonomic (or at least my first gen DS wasn't, haven't tried the others).

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33805542)

Bleh I obviously meant DS and not Wii. The Wii is almost there for FPSes too though, we're heading slowly in a good direction. Would be nice to try out an FPS with my Move controller, no FPS demos as of yet though.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 4 years ago | (#33806142)

The DS lite isn't comfortable at all. Too small, hard edges and maybe not that awesome placement of the directional controller.

However I haven't had any troubles at all with the touchscreen.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33806762)

Agreed...size is the main factor, not the sensitivity of the screen itself. Try playing something like Metroid Prime Hunters on a DSi XL...much, much easier to play for an extended period of time.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 4 years ago | (#33807208)

I'd rather save $200 by not trying ;)

But thanks anyway :)

I think it worked decent the little I've played.

My DS has had 90% of its active service while s(h)i[t/tt]ing on the trone.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33807456)

If I didn't have a DS Lite, I would have definitely bought an XL (my DS gets most of its play time while sitting on the couch watching movies). I'll likely sell my DS Lite and pick up an XL once the 3DS comes out, since the price will likely drop significantly on them.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33806078)

D-pad plus touch pad would be a nice combo for FPSes.

That's what I thought. Then I played the hand-murdering abortion that was "Metroid Prime: Hunters"....

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33806186)

That was presumably with a resistive touchscreen though? You have to press down on them to get a response. Using a capacitive touch pad on a handheld would would quite nicely methinks, no pressure required, only light movements.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33806530)

I think, more than the pressure required, it's actually the fact that it's so damn small...

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33807430)

I've never really had problems using the touch pad on my netbook, or playing around on my phone, so I don't think that's it. I think if they had a proper mini joystick (PS dual shock style, maybe a little smaller), and a thumb operated touchpad on the other side, it could be rather comfortable to use. I hate the nub on the original PSP though, and the positioning of the D-pad on my original DS was pretty painful for me too.. not ergonomic at all.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33809222)

I meant the DS itself being small. The D-pad hand would start to hurt before the stylus hand. I finally just gave up on the game.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33812000)

But most console controllers are the same size, albeit maybe twice as thick? I don't think it's so simple as it being small rather than simply the ergonomics of the layout and hand positioning. I played my PS3 for 13 hours straight when Uncharted 2 came out, and the controller was still as comfortable as it ever is.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33817046)

Hrm. Maybe. It might have something to do with the trigger buttons. I found myself in some agony last week going for the motorcycle achievement in Onechanbara:BSS (hold down trigger to accelerate and try to hit the button to smack the zombies) but not in the normal button-mashy fighting levels.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 4 years ago | (#33808342)

Yeah, if you're willing to wait ages to get an already outdated device.

Really? What's the most modern portable gaming platform with the best hardware specs?

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

Svartalf (2997) | about 4 years ago | (#33811798)

It's already outdated? I don't see any mobile gaming vendor fielding an OMAP3 device yet. Hell Sony and Nintendo have yet to even try to offer the same class of tech right at the moment.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | about 4 years ago | (#33805204)

Yea, but somehow i think Panasonic will be able to deliver more easily, the Pandora is a very nifty machine, too bad supply is so slow

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 years ago | (#33806554)

True, but there's already a handheld like that.

get back to me when I can actually buy one. I'm not participating in your pyramid scheme.

I want an Open Pandora in the worst way, but since I can't order one, I predict I shall have one of these instead.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (3, Insightful)

Microlith (54737) | about 4 years ago | (#33804648)

Or if they lock it down TiVo style, it running Linux is 100% irrelevant. I'm really bored with all this shit being hyped as running Linux, but in the end you're not allowed to actually do anything with it (can't replace it, can't load modules) or you're stuck with a platform that bears no resemblance to the APIs on your desktop, so you're stuck learning Yet Another API To Do The Same Damn Thing (YAATDTSDT).

This is why I like MeeGo. The APIs come from the community. You can use them on your desktop, you can use them on your mobile device. It's also why I bought my device from Nokia, I can freaking load Android on it if I wanted to. Sadly, this seems to be a rarer and rarer thing these days.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804780)

Same here. There's no point in a Linux system that the manufacturer has locked down even worse than a Windows or OS X system.
So I'm avoiding Android, waiting for the funds to get an OpenPandora, or for Nokia to make something comparable. Maybe an N900, maybe not. I don't really want a cell phone.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804800)

The same could be said about the PS3 though.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (3, Insightful)

Nursie (632944) | about 4 years ago | (#33804928)

The guy saying linux is a mistake seems to be confusing the linux desktop market with the embedded device market.

The (x86/x64) linux desktop market is characterised by people who know what they're doing and may or may not buy many PC games. This in itself is something of circular/bootstrap problem, but even if game makers don't port PC games to the linux desktop because it's not significantly profitable, what on earth has that to do with a dedicated games handheld?

Given that they aren't going to be running iOS or whatever Sony's PSP OS is, they had the choice of various systems (Linux, QNX, BSD, RiscOS ... ?) and none seems a better choice than the other from the perspective of 'stuff will have to be ported'.

Unless this is has an atom chip inside, nvidia or ati graphics and is capable of running windows and windows games unaltered, his argument is basically crap. And if it does have those things the battery will probably only last five minutes.

Now, that doesn't mean that I think this thing is going to make a dent on the market.

But if it's open to hacking, running on a decent kirkwood (or newer) or cortex ARM chip then it might be interesting to me.

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (1)

cgenman (325138) | about 4 years ago | (#33813384)

I just got OnLive running on my netbook. While it will in no way compete visually or response time with a real system, using OnLive or a similar system for an inherently laggy MMORPG over WiFi would be about perfect.

Homebrew (1)

DrYak (748999) | about 4 years ago | (#33844546)

This in itself is something of circular/bootstrap problem, but even if game makers don't port PC games to the linux desktop because it's not significantly profitable, what on earth has that to do with a dedicated games handheld?

it can be used for homebrew, emulators, and other hacking activities + voip & media player.
several devices have proved that it's possible to be an underdog and thrive on the homebrew market : the wole lineage that started with the GamePark.

Unless this is has an atom chip inside, nvidia or ati graphics and is capable of running windows and windows games unaltered, his argument is basically crap.

well, it's technically possible to emulate the x86 instruction set. And given the ginormous performance increase announced for the next generation of ARMs (A15), it might be viable to run non CPU-intensive games (where most of the effort is spent on rendering) on a combination of Wine, QEMU-user mode, and Gallium3D Direct11.

or you know, there's this whole stuff called Flash. Lots of games are popular on it (casual,strategy, MMOs). Ffs, farmville is running on it !

But if it's open to hacking, running on a decent kirkwood (or newer) or cortex ARM chip then it might be interesting to me.

well, there's already the open pandora which fills all the hardware description (touchscreen, dpad, keyboard, BT and WiFi) minus the A9 (it's an A8)

Re:Running Linux not a mistake. (4, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 4 years ago | (#33806724)

And since The Jungle will run Linux that could be a problem. Why?

According to at least one massively mulitplayer online developer, Linux isn't exactly a great system to develop games for or port over Windows or Mac games to.

"The Linux user base is too small for the financial risk, Linux users are generally savvy enough to make their OS run whatever games they want anyway, and since the Linux community is very DIY minded, they tend to not want to pay for much," said Ryan Seabury, creative director at NetDevil for LEGO Universe. "All of these make it a pretty bleak area to publish games into."

This wasn't a useful argument for the NES, SNES, Playstation 2, Nintendo64, Gamecube, Wii, or Playstation 3. Why would it be a worthy argument for a specialized device that happens to not run Windows? If anything, running Linux is an advantage because it's easy to program for and has lots of libraries for graphics, sound, networking, and compression.

Wow, it sounds like it has everything! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804596)

Wow, it sounds like it has everything!

Except fun games... just like the 3DO.

I beg to differ. (2, Informative)

JDmetro (1745882) | about 4 years ago | (#33804692)

Re:I beg to differ. (1)

Krizalid (1813694) | about 4 years ago | (#33805066)

If you got better controllers, Super Street Fighter II Turbo for 3DO was one of the best home versions of Street Fighter for a while (at least until the Zero/Alpha games hit PSX and Saturn) and had awesome remixed themes. The port of Samurai Shodown is probably the best home port of it's generation, as well. Star Control 2 was also really good on 3DO. Still, yeah, they totally dunced their marketing, promoting it like the Philips CDi filled with edutainment garbage. It didn't help them sign up too many of the bigger game development studios and publishers, either.

Re:I beg to differ. (1)

vigour (846429) | about 4 years ago | (#33805354)

@JDmetro

Ah do you remember Plumbers Don't Wear Ties [wikipedia.org] ? Possibly the worst game ever made. I remember GamesMaster made a big deal out of it at the time.

Re:Wow, it sounds like it has everything! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804760)

I liked the 3DO... I remember playing and having fun with Lemmings, MegaRace, Myst, Need for Speed, Wing Commander, Road Rash and Total Eclipse, and those are just the ones I remember. I could also listen to music CDs and view pictures on CDs. It was expensive though...

Someone at Panasonic must be very persuasive (1)

multiben (1916126) | about 4 years ago | (#33804644)

Who would put up their hand in support of this idea?

Fun quote (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 years ago | (#33804650)

From http://www.industrygamers.com/news/panasonics-jungle-a-non-starter-right-out-of-the-gate-say-analysts/ [industrygamers.com]
"Seabury said that while porting a game from Windows or Mac to Linux isn't rocket science, "it's also usually not worth the cost and it's difficult to find talent with the right expertise.""
Finding someone to spread code over a few limited PPC cores to push 620p 'HD" is?
Artist, developers and coders will learn to write for this as they did any system and get really good at it too.

Re:Fun quote (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804686)

Artist, developers and coders will learn to write for this as they did any system and get really good at it too.

unless it has massive marketing and investment (hundreds of millions, if not billions) then no they won't. artists, developers and coders need to make a living like everyone else. There is currently a glut of consoles and portables to the point that I doubt such a niche market focus has any hope of succeeding to the point where game devs want to spend time on it.

Re:Fun quote (3, Insightful)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 years ago | (#33804756)

We will see if and when it fails. If Panasonic can make the dev cycle fun and very low cost they could be onto something unique.
Where Sony, MS, Apple ect lock out/make demands/rent/manage Panasonic could be very very inclusive.
As for "marketing and investment" - marketing sure that will cost, investment Linux is done, ready to go.
Panasonic can offer good tools, I am sure someone will give it a try.

And what's the solution? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 4 years ago | (#33804842)

Run Windows? That won't end well.

Otherwise, it's pretty much exactly the same story for any other handheld out there.

Seriously, the Kotaku article is a big steaming pile of FUD about why no one wants to port to Linux. Not a single reason given applies more to this handheld than it does to Android.

Re:And what's the solution? (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 4 years ago | (#33805992)

The solution is don't do it, there is no problem or market gap where this thing is really needed.. This is a device looking to create a market out of nothing where it only barely differentiates itself from the current crop of portables.

Re:And what's the solution? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 4 years ago | (#33819898)

There is an opportunity, I think. Sure, you wouldn't raid from this, but you might craft or do something casual. I can definitely see wanting to do that on a train ride to work, definitely instead of a single-player game.

But you may be right -- I'm not sure this has anything that any Android device doesn't, other than raw power (maybe), but you don't need raw power in a portable anyway.

Re:Fun quote (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | about 4 years ago | (#33805246)

Panasonic is a Japanese company, it's quite possible that there is a market for this thing in Japan that's potentially big enough to justify the risk.

Re:Fun quote (1)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#33815386)

it's quite possible that there is a market for this thing in Japan that's potentially big enough to justify the risk

On the other hand, all the games might end up region-coded to run only on units sold in Japan or on units whose last Wi-Fi connection was to a Japanese IPv4 address.

Re:Fun quote (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | about 4 years ago | (#33821694)

True, but if it runs linux & is open, then i don't really care, i'll run my own stuff on it then ;)

Re:Fun quote (2, Insightful)

XDirtypunkX (1290358) | about 4 years ago | (#33804864)

They may not need to learn that much if Panasonic uses OpenGL 2.0 ES for graphics and an ARM core, because there are a lot of people who already develop games for phones that have just that.

Re:Fun quote (0, Redundant)

LingNoi (1066278) | about 4 years ago | (#33805202)

Exactly, it'd make more sense to make this thing simply run android OS.

Re:Fun quote (2, Insightful)

Svartalf (2997) | about 4 years ago | (#33811902)

Which is Linux with a Dalvik runtime and VM to provide UI presentation...

It's why I chuckle each and every time someone thinks that Android is magically all that much different. It's not.

Re:Fun quote (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | about 4 years ago | (#33820678)

You seem to misunderstand my point..

Android already has lots of 3D games. These guys are reinventing the wheel and trying the make their own game related android system.

Wi-Fi or 3G remains unclear (1)

Airborne-ng (1391105) | about 4 years ago | (#33804788)

Wi-Fi, 3G grrreat but if we're talking keeping up with the Jones' then this thing better be 4G/WiMax compatible in order to compete in a over-saturated handheld market. Just IMO from not RTFA...hope that's enough acronyms ./cringe

Re:Wi-Fi or 3G remains unclear (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 years ago | (#33804904)

Thats some good up/down bandwidth outside the US then :)

the marketing people goes like... (4, Insightful)

abednegoyulo (1797602) | about 4 years ago | (#33804832)

Welcome to the jungle
We got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey we know the names

Let me FTFY (2, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 years ago | (#33808208)

Welcome to the jungle
We got hi-res displays
We got a D-pad and HDMI
Plus a keyboard for bitchin' games
If you wanna raid on the go
And a laptop don't fill the need
If you got the money, honey
We'll feed your disease

In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Bring those newbies to their...shunanunanunanunanunanunaknees...knees
Make all those monsters bleed!

Re:the marketing people goes like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820414)

your a very sexy girl

openPandora (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33804838)

Nothing will take my beloved Pandora away from me.

Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (5, Insightful)

TD-Linux (1295697) | about 4 years ago | (#33804956)

I mean, look at the most popular gaming handheld today... the nintendo DS! It does not run Linux, and so therefore requires no porting work on it at all! I can play portal and crysis on it no problem, as well as Minesweeper from Windows 95. And don't forget Chip's Challenge. Man, that game was awesome.

Seriously, the whole games-are-bad-on-Linux thing is taken out of context. The argument makes sense for desktop systems, not for a portable gaming platform that's for custom designed games. If something like that ran Windows 7, it would be a disaster. And the fact that TFA mentions how OS X would have been a better choice for Panasonic makes it even more laughable. For something like this, a custom API, architecture, and software distribution is what they are after, and it hardly matters how they implement it. There is little chance this will run the X window system, and if it does, I would hardly enjoy using openoffice with a d-pad.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

Nursie (632944) | about 4 years ago | (#33804994)

If I hadn't already commented you'd be having one of my mod points.

Spot on.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (3, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 4 years ago | (#33805088)

Every major console, including handhelds, runs a custom OS anyway. Even the Xbox isn't really running Windows. The fact that they're running Linux means they probably wanted to avoid reinventing the wheel since it already has a mature kernel and useful userland tools. The GUI will probably still be 90%+ custom-built.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 years ago | (#33807564)

The Xbox really is running Windows, but it's running a lot less of it, and it has a shiny new GUI that does a lot less.

Windows in a walled garden is still windows just as surely as OSX in a walled garden is still OSX. They can re-add as much of it as they are willing to put effort into.

The GUI will probably still be 90%+ custom-built.

I'd guess closer to 100%, and based on OpenGL ES, which a lot of the fancy ARM hardware that Linux will run on conveniently seems to support. Although it would be cool to not reinvent the wheel and just use clutter or something.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 4 years ago | (#33808562)

Every major console, including handhelds, runs a custom OS anyway. Even the Xbox isn't really running Windows. The fact that they're running Linux means they probably wanted to avoid reinventing the wheel since it already has a mature kernel and useful userland tools. The GUI will probably still be 90%+ custom-built.

Actually, Nintendo is probably the last company to go with anyhting more sophisticated than a BIOS architecture. DS, DSi, Wii - they have a boot BIOS that does the system initializations, and a pile of BIOS library calls, but that's it. There's no inherent support for process/thread creation, memory management, or other things. Filesystem support is via a library that gets built into the binary, as is stuff like Nintendo Wi-Fi connection (the TCP/IP stack is built into the game, not the hardware ROM). DItto on the Wii - that's why there's so many different versions of the IOS software - each revision Nintendo makes means the system portion has to be part of the firmware update (there's practically no binary compatibility). Effectively, the Wii and DS hardware act like an old PC running DOS - games touch bare metal, make calls into the BIOS to do things, but otherwise have free reign over the system. This is basically the old console model of how things work, and why the Wii/DS can't do a lot of things people expect. The 3DS is supposed to fix this, however.

The PS3, PSP, Xbox and Xbox360 do have what most people consider a proper OS, though the Xbox one is limited in that it's meant to run a game that never terminates, and it's run in kernel mode. PS3, PSP and Xbox360 run games in user mode now for security reasons. It's also why these consoles support fancy things like background downloads and the like.

The Xbox really is running Windows, but it's running a lot less of it, and it has a shiny new GUI that does a lot less.

Windows in a walled garden is still windows just as surely as OSX in a walled garden is still OSX. They can re-add as much of it as they are willing to put effort into.

Walled-garden OS X is also known as "iOS" these days. The iPhone was touted as running a stripped down version of OS X way back when it was first announced. It still is a stripped version of OS X, too. The early jailbreakers (before the App Store) simply created their own Objective-C cross compiler, and grabbed the headers from the standard OS X dev tools, though things like UIKit had to be re-engineered a bit.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

katana_steel (1861018) | about 4 years ago | (#33805448)

I mean, look at the most popular gaming handheld today... the nintendo DS! It does not run Linux, ...

I just have to say this is untrue, The Nintendo DS does in fact run linux, and there's even a project for this
namely DSLinux [wikipedia.org]

DSLinux is illegal, you know (1)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#33815464)

Nintendo thinks devices that allow running DSLinux are illegal tools to circumvent copyright-related access controls. It has successfully argued this point [bbc.co.uk] in some countries' courts.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

chrb (1083577) | about 4 years ago | (#33805650)

I mean, look at the most popular gaming handheld today... the nintendo DS!

Don't forget one of the most popular smart phone platforms - Android. Games on Linux could never work.

Re:Running Linux is obviously a major hindrance (1)

Sonny_Jimbod (836857) | about 4 years ago | (#33862034)

The DS *does* run Linux, although the overhead of the kernel on such a low specced device means that it's only really useful for cli stuff: www.dslinux.org

The Kotaku article is a non-sequitor (2, Interesting)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 4 years ago | (#33805136)

The Kotaku article essentially states that people who don't care about the OS or have never even heard of Linux are NOT going to buy it because it runs Linux.
A lot of embedded hardware uses Linux, and most of the users of such hardware neither know nor care what OS it runs and they're certainly not going to reject it because of the OS.
Some people (like Slashdot users) might buy it BECAUSE it has Linux, but that does not mean other people WON'T buy it.

I thought Slashdot was bad- then I saw Kotaku. (4, Insightful)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | about 4 years ago | (#33805292)

I have copy pasted my comment I left on Kotaku here to where it may actually be read by some intelligent souls.

This console is obviously *not* x86 (aka "Intel") based and therefore any "but Windows this, OSX that" is irrelevant as they do not run on the architecture. The fact is that Linux is a sound choice for the platform because it is actually well suited to running on an ARM based platform. Windows CE is just laughable in general and there is no way that Apple would license iOS to anybody else.

In my opinion Android (a Linux derivative) is a better choice than because it has a development framework and tools available, stable ABI and also does not use X11 display server. Games developed for Android will also be playable on many more devices than just the Jungle and therefore it will be easy to attract developers.

The NetDevil guy is obviously a freaking idiot because a) he thinks that this device would somehow magically make its consumers part of the Linux community and b) that the Linux community are unwilling to pay for things. This is not true because there is a lot of commercial open source products and several indy games have been extremely successful due largely to Linux releases. Take for example The Humble Indy Bundle and World of Goo "pay what you want" sales in which Linux users were proven by statistics *willing* to pay *more* than Windows or Mac users. I find that in general Windows users are the most resistant to paying for software. Funny how market share doesn't matter.

I have doubts about the design of this device. Even disregarding the power of embedded hardware (Nvidia's Tegra platform *almost* could pull this off) there is no way you could play current generation 3D MMOs reminiscent of WoW and EVE Online (I play both of these on Linux BTW) as the screen is just too small and the touchpad and D-Pad are not suitable. Browser based MMOs are much more likely. I would imagine this to be like a Nintendo Gameboy but on a more open and accessible platform.

Also what is with the random "Linux OS will be an obstacle as well in this regard." just thrown into the middle of the third last paragraph? I can't believe this crap made it onto a major news site. This belongs on somebody's blog.

Re:I thought Slashdot was bad- then I saw Kotaku. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33806898)

there is no way you could play current generation 3D MMOs reminiscent of WoW and EVE Online

It is a handheld... You are not putting in dual gtx465 in there (which is stupid overkill for most MMOs). For WoW you prob dont even need much more than a last gen intel chipset. Same for Eve. These sorts of games lend themselves to 25-30 fps being quite playable. They are not twitch games. They by their nature want you to take years to finish the game (so they can get the most money out of you).

One thing many people are missing is that it is aimed at 'online' games. What sort of wireless are they using? 802.11? 3g? GSM? etc...

Also what is with the random "Linux OS will be an obstacle as well in this regard."
I agree it was rather random. But linux does have a cost to businesses that use it, the GPL. That license costs time and money. You need to have programmers make sure you didnt leak GPL into your code (every release btw). You need lawyers to review it (every release btw). Then you need to make sure you are able to distribute your particular distro (server costs and someone to set it up and maintain it).

Re:I thought Slashdot was bad- then I saw Kotaku. (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | about 4 years ago | (#33929280)

You are not entirely wrong Mr AC... and I only recently thought while reflecting on this that perhaps services such as OnLive and Gaikai which do cloud based game "streaming" could actually work reasonably well with these types of devices. Offload the performance requirements to the cloud!

Re:I thought Slashdot was bad- then I saw Kotaku. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33807626)

Also what is with the random "Linux OS will be an obstacle as well in this regard." just thrown into the middle of the third last paragraph? I can't believe this crap made it onto a major news site. This belongs on somebody's blog.

Hate to break it to you, but Kotaku is at its heart a blog, not a news site.

Re:I thought Slashdot was bad- then I saw Kotaku. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33810978)

I believe this /. post is nothing more than /. flamebait to incite the /. masses. Pretty much like most of the /. posts nowadays =( Any exposure is good exposure and like crack, we keep comin back! /.

Love, Me. Your crack buddy.

This is Linux (1)

lattyware (934246) | about 4 years ago | (#33805310)

This is Linux in the same way Android is Linux - transparently to the user. The user doesn't give a damn. As to the whole 'porting games' part - most games for handheld devices are written for that specific device anyway - you are not going to run windows on it and play full windows games. The device will be too limited. The comments they make simply don't apply.

Sounds like.. (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | about 4 years ago | (#33805534)

Some marketing people over at panasonic where really fanatic about using that Guns 'n Roses license they picked up on a bargain...

I dont mind though, i can't think of any commercial which wouldnt benefit from "Welcome to the jungle" playing...

As for the device itself, i dont really see that working, apparently some netbooks already run WOW well enough..

Not games for linux, but games for the cloud (1)

octal666 (668007) | about 4 years ago | (#33805590)

I think the jungle is not targeted to having their own games, if I understand the idea, they aim to get to work on this all the free and freemium games already out there, plug-in dependant browser games that only need the plug-in ported. And that is something very easy to do, if not done yet, for the browser engine this thing will run.

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