An early insight into 1 of the Top 3 “Essential Gaming Hardware” consoles for 2012

With the news just out that Europe’s leading video game industry magazine, MCV has placed the GameGadget in their Top 3 “Essential Gaming Hardware” guide for 2012, we ask, “What is the GameGadget?

The GameGadget has been pitched as the ‘play everything’ retro gaming device described as an “ipod for games” where by gamers will be able to pay for, download and play a huge catalogue of games across an unlimited number of platforms on just one device, alongside having the possibility to allow game developers to create new games for the device without the limitations and high premium costs that have been previously reported exist with the current consoles on the market. Sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it?

The GameGadget 1.0. has been built alongside a new software service (GameGadgetGames), which offers Gamers, Game Developers and Game Publishers, unrivalled choice and flexibility in how they play, create and sell games.

Check out the teaser YouTube video below for a closer look

Open Source Unleashed Once Again

Consoles are no stranger for the Linux operating system, but its use here has been far from hidden, reading the press release is has been stated that:

“GameGadget 1.0 uses a Linux based Operating System which has been highly optimized for handheld consoles. This allows programmers to develop content just like they would do for any other Linux based system”.

“Popular game development libraries such as SDL and DirectFB are fully compatible, creating a cross compiling environment. GameGadget provides all documentation, start-up guides for developers, lists of available libraries and specific platform notes”.

We won’t have long to wait until the product hits the market, and I’ll be one of the first in the queue to get my hands on one of these as the press release states that the GameGadget will be available exclusively from for £99.99 from its launch in Q1 2012. I can also see that the Game Gadget already features on Amazon UK, but unavailable currently, but worth a look: