27
Apr
09

Open Pandoras Box, Hope For Gaming

Zeus created Pandora and gave her a jar. She was specifically told not to open it, but Zeus had ironically gifted Pandora with curiosity. Ultimately she opened the jar and all of the evils, ills, diseases, and burdensome labor that mankind hadn’t known about before, was unleashed from the jar.
Lastly there was only one good thing that escaped Pandoras jar, and there was hope.

Hope for a new handheld to hit the stores! Hurray! Now let’s cut the crap and skip to the chase. I want to focus your attention on OpenPandora. A handheld open source video game console with great capabilities. The development of Pandora started since the GP2X system ceased production.

The GP2X developed by the Korean company GamePark was commonly used to run emulators for game consoles. Usually Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, Master System, Game Gear, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16, MAME and others.

OpenPandora

OpenPandora


gp2x_01

GP2X

Now Pandora is like the GP2X but even more. It is a hybrid of a UMPC, PDA and handheld video game system. It is said to be more powerful than the Nintendo DS and the PSP. There’s already shown working emulators for PlayStation, Amiga, Super NES, Atari Jaguar and Sega Mega Drive software by the Pandora developers. Which is amazing. Like having a collection of the best games ever in a tiny, tiny UMPC. It’s only natural this got my attention. I just love being able to carry around games in my pocket.

By default the Pandora will feature a Linux-OS based on Ångström and Matchbox window manager. Which are both designed for mobile devices. You will be able to custom the themes, but it’s limited to the device requirements. You navigate the interface with a touchscreen and a stylus. Pretty similar to the Nintendo DS. There’s also the possibility to install other Linux-distributions, like Ubuntu.

Here’s a demo of a prototype of the Pandora:

You’ll be able to store up to 64gigabytes of software thanks to the SDHC slots. That is a great feature. I would dare calling this the ultimate portable gaming device to date. One more thing, the Pandora is said to cost less than what the PSP and the DS does today. I will most definitely buy one, what about you?

Pandora official: http://openpandora.org/index.php
/Mr. D

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