The Raspberry Pi competitor can play Quake III

Designed to fit in the pocket, the Pocket C.H.I.P. Next Thing of Co has a color screen, a keyboard and a 1GHz processor capable of handling 3D acceleration games.

The manufacturer Next Thing Co offers for only 69 dollars a portable game console with a screen and a keyboard. Capable of running 3D games such as Quake III, the Pocket C.H.I.P console is built around the C.H.I.P, a microcomputer 6x4 cm which works on the same principle as the famous Raspberry Pi but only costs 9 $. The pilot designed to take advantage of 3D acceleration is still in the preliminary stage.

The console features a display of 480 x 272 pixels, QWERTY keyboard, as well as headphone and video. The computer itself has an Allwinner R8 processor (Cortex A8 and Mali-400 GPU) at 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of flash memory for storage. It communicates wirelessly with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. The computer is designed to work with a Linux distribution but the manufacturer supplies his console with the Pico-8 cartridge by 1000 games. These games have a basic display (128x128 pixels), but can be customized. It is thus possible to change the characters, settings, music and sound effects.

This new version of the Pocket C.H.I.P console is currently pre-order with delivery expected this month.

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