A new gaming
handheld? In a world dominated by Sony
? Believe it or not, it has happened before. Pandora, a small startup, has captured the hearts of emulation lovers by creating an self-branded handheld gaming platform that mainly focuses on playing ROMs from consoles that have long since been retired. And now, there's another company hoping to fill yet another portable gaming niche: Ocosmos.
It doesn't really roll off of the tongue, but it's probably a name you won't soon forget once you see what they've produced here. The OCS-1 handheld is a slider-type device that looks a lot like Danger's old SideKick cellphones. The rounded edges remind us somewhat of the PlayStation Portable, but there's a full QWERTY keyboard underneath the display.
What makes this gaming handheld unique is that it's essentially a MID. Rather than running a stripped down, proprietary operating system, the OCS-1 runs a full copy of Windows 7. There are a pair of joysticks on the sides of the display, and the real power lies within. The unit that was recently demonstrated has a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail processor, which is one that isn't even out to the public yet. We had great expectations for this platform, but this particular use is both surprising and pleasing. It's not often that a new CPU is used in such an out-of-the-box application, but if this is the revival of the UMPC/MID, we'll take it.
Other specifications include Intel's GMA 600 integrated graphics, an SSD drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 4.8" display (with a 1024x600 resolution capacitive touch panel). That's enough to run the newest version of StarCraft in the palm of your hand, and probably a few older titles like Half-Life 2 as well. Since this device is a little ways out from production, there are no posted prices or release dates yet, but hopefully that will be happening soon.