Smartphone & handheld console hybrid PGS wants to bring PC gaming to your pocket

If the Xperia Play and the Nintendo DS had a child that ran on both Windows and Android, that child would be the PGS (short for portable gaming system). Not the catchiest name out there, that's for sure, but the PGS promises a lot – to be the device that finally brings a handheld console smartphone 2-in-1 device that's worth our time and money. Let's take a closer look at what the PGS offers.

Similarly to the Xperia Play and PSP Go, the PGS has a slider form factor, but unlike them, it features two screens – a bigger top screen and a smaller bottom screen – much like the Nintendo 3DS. The PGS will ship in two variants with different specs, which we'll take a closer look at in a moment. As far as controls go, the 2-in-1 offers the standard set of buttons, but promises something a bit different with its telescopic control sticks. That's right, they won't be the sliders we've seen with the PSP Go and 3DS, but rather real analog sticks that will supposedly pop up on a press. We don't know much about that yet, but the developer promises they are non-motorized, mechanical and one of the “key challenges of the project.”

Dual-boot is probably one of the best features of the PGS, as it allows it to provide the best of both worlds. As you've probably already guessed, we're not talking about Windows Mobile here – nope – it comes with both Windows 10 X64 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board. Yes, this means PC gaming on the go, and yes, it also means no calls or texting while using Windows. Should the Kickstarter campaign reach its highest goal of $400,000 however, the developers are promising to add phone calling and texting to Windows via a proprietary software utility.

The PGS Hardcore version sports a 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, while the Lite version features a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display. The more expensive Hardcore version is powered by an Intel Atom X7 quad core CPU clocked at 2.56 GHz, and backed with 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a 6120 mAh battery. No word on battery life yet, but the developers are promising 0 to 70% charges in around 40 minutes. This version also features an 8MP and 5MP rear and front cameras, as well as support for USB 3.0, microSD cards of up to 512 GB and a microHDMI port.

The Lite version takes down those specs a notch, as can be expected, and apart from the smaller and lower-res display, it has a 5MP and 1MP rear and front shooters, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a 4080 mAh battery, and the same Intel Atom X7 CPU and Cherry Trail chipset featured in its more expensive sibling. Both versions will also feature a fanless passive cooling system, which should keep the unit from becoming uncomfortably hot under normal circumstances.

What the PGS is trying to do is undeniably ambitious and unique, as it aims to bring PC and Android gaming to your pocket in a single device. Granted, the specs won't send any serious PC gamers in a state of feverish excitement, but they are great for a mobile device and good enough – or so the developers claim – to run games such as Batman: Arkham City, Dark Souls 2, Mirror's Edge, Metal Gear: Revengeance and DmC: Devil May Cry on low settings in HD at between 25 to 30 FPS, which doesn't really seem promising enough.

The PGS also supports Dinput and Xinput which basically means that you're settled in the controls department, not to mention that you can connect external controllers, a mouse and a keyboard. Speaking of that, the various supported control schemes coupled with the microHDMI port, basically turn the PGS into a full-fledged, albeit limited in power, PC.

The PGS has garnered a lot of support on Kickstarter, with 753 backers who've pledged more than $200,000 of the initial $100,000 goal. The PGS is certainly an ambitious project that could achieve a lot, but it could fail miserably as well, if not executed correctly. To see more of the curious 2-in-1, head over to its Kickstarter campaign (linked below), where you can snag a Hardcore unit by pledging $280 or more, or the Lite version for $230. The device is expected to begin shipping in March 2017.

source: Kickstarter via: Windows Central



1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This looks really cool, but I don't trust Kickstarter projects very much anymore.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't trust kick-started too! I still have pledged projects in the limbo. I gamble on the goodness of humanity and I lost. Still I am happy on one outcome which is I help bring grim dawn to fruition. It's my favorite action RPG game now.

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yup, just scams people for money

2. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Let go of Android. It's not the best choice for hardcore gaming. Windows X64 is fine. Just take a look at the success of XPlay and Ouya. In only a matter of months those devices were obsolete. Not only that, games in Ouya were poorly optimized and had arid seasons of devs. And that 30fps is soo PSX.

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Can't do that if they're dealing with an Atom driven device. What's the listed proper full Win games that people can really run on Surface 3 again? Not much last I checked and this is assuming if these guys could somehow turn this project to be appealing enough for Intel to come in and help with code optimizations.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5676; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

30fps is soo PSX? Many PS4 and Xbox One games are still 30 fps Sony/MS made the PS4/Xbox One too underpowered Hence why they are releasing the Neo and Scorpio

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The PS4 and XB1 are just fine.....well the PS4 defiantly is lol, the neo and scorpio are being made to better support VR. There are many games that play at 60fps on the PS4 not so much XB1 but it still has plenty.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5676; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope they were both under powered at release There's lots of 30 fps games e.g. Uncharted 4 Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Unity and Blackflag Batman: Arkham Knight Destiny Dragon Age: Inquisition DriveClub Fallout 4 Watch Dogs GTA V Shadow Of Mordor ... Basically half of all AAA games are still 30 fps on the PS4 (or Xbox One)

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

All I care about on console is that the multilayer games have 60fps so I don't really care for most on your list, 30fps is fine for a story based game. Oh well, bring on the new s**t lol.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I will stick with my 3DS, thank you. How many x86 game run on an atom CPU with a QHD screen in a portable handheld form factor. None.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Intel Atom isn't meant for gaming, period. If only there is a x86 SoC with Tegra X1 GPU, that would be awesome.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True, the GPU isn't that great but they probably couldn't afford anything better or they didn't think they could when they started the project. They could revise it , happens alot with kickstarter projects.

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Looks interesting, but yeah doesn't seem powerful enough by a long shot, maybe for retro gaming handheld though it might be good enough?

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

If it works out (I'm not pledging $300+ on a Kickstarter), then I'll definitely get one. Even if it can just do emulation, it'll be a dream come true.

7. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

8GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a 1440p display for $280? Seems fake to me.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Please make it a vita phone. My wallet is ready.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The lite is the better version.

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Agreed. That's the ver I'd get if this actually pans out. Dependent on a Nexus-like execution at the fw/sw aspect though.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same here.

10. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play crossed with a Nintendo DS with updated internals

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meh.. I bet it cant even run skyrim smoothly on medium setting with this device, and it will be worse once the throothling kick-in.. and u need keyboard+mouse to enjoy playing most of PC game.. i'll pick PSP or 3DS over this

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1458; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I will laugh at the buyers, when they find out this thing only last 2 hours on gaming.

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