While game studios are slowly forging a path to bringing MMOs to established handheld devices like the iPhone
, Panasonic is looking to flip that paradigm on its head. Eurogamer reports
that the company has been developing a handheld device specifically for MMOs and is poised for a major reveal.
Called "The Jungle
," this clamshell unit boasts a high-resolution screen, keyboard, touchpad, directional pad and several input ports. It is rumored to run the Linux OS and could work with MMO titles such as Battlestar Galactica Online
, according to the company.
The Jungle's website
is scarce on content at the moment, but on its Manifesto page
the developers state: "Our mission: Create an ecosystem around online gaming. At the core is a new mobile device concept designed specifically for online gamers. We're also working with leading online game developers to create some exciting new content."
Whether there is a significant demand for such a product is up in the air, but this is intriguing enough to follow for the time being.