Updated: Wednesday, 09 January 2013 12:52 | By Relaxnews

GCW-Zero console courts retro crowd

This portable console doesn't have a touch screen, isn't based on Android and won't play the latest Pokémon game. Instead, it's been deliberately designed to put retro games on a plinth, with its throwback 4:3 screen and old-school control pad.

GCW-Zero console courts retro crowd

GCW-Zero console courts retro crowd

Like other specialist handhelds such as the GP2X, Dingoo and Pandora, the GCW-Zero runs on Linux and is being pitched to a gaming community that wants something different -- something not catered to by Apple, Android, Nintendo or Sony.

Its creator, Justin Barwick, had sold the Dingoo and several other specialist consoles, but saw a need to produce a handheld that took on board feedback given by users of those other devices.

The GCW-Zero's 20-day Kickstarter drive has until January 28 to raise $130,000; should just 960 or so punters sign up for a Zero at $135 a pop, the project will be home and dry.

Project page: kickstarter.com/projects/gcw/gcw-zero-open-source-gaming-handheld
Official website: gcw-zero.com


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