Ars Technica is reporting that Pandora, a long-anticipated open-source gaming handheld designed to compete with Nintendo's DS, Sony's PlayStation Portable, and other mobile-gaming devices (and not to be confused with the popular Internet music service), will be released in 2009. No firm date has been released.
The project, however, still needs some work:
Judging by the video, there's still quite a bit of work to be done on the case itself. But the team has had working hardware for the innards for some time now, so some final fabrication, polish, and (quality assurance) work seem to be the only things that stand in the way of the release, which once seemed to be a mere fantasy.
And how. To me, the device looks a bit Soviet. While it certainly has an appeal to the hard-core open-source geek, as demonstrated by selling out its first 3,000-device run in September 2008, I wonder if it will manage to find much of a market beyond that crowd. It is mostly intended to run "home brew" games and older console games, which is fun but unlikely to draw in new gaming consumers.
Even so, it's an interesting experiment worth watching.
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