Someone told Panasonic that it’d be a good idea to introduce a clunky portable gaming device, the Jungle, and that people would buy it and play it.
Something tells me this thing is going to go the way of the Sega Dreamcast and other failed gaming systems.
Reports have the Jungle focusing more on MMOs (Massive Multi-player Online Games). Sony has been said to have been turning its attention to download-only games while Nintendo is opting for 3D games when dealing with their respective portable gaming devices.
Why will the Panasonic Jungle probably fail? Because it’s a bit late in the game.
There are a couple of games which have been announced for it: an MMO of BattleStar Galactica and a ‘badass’ online Machinima called Online Underground are said to be coming soon for the console.
In the promo video – which has to be seen to be believed – the kicker for the Panasonic Jungle states: “We are online gaming”.
There’s probably millions of people currently using PCs, Xboxes and PS3s who will disagree. Via TechRadar.com
Even if the Jungle is a good device and plays games well, gamers are finicky and sometimes never change companies throughout their entire gaming lives, especially when that “new” company hasn’t put out any sort of reputable gaming device in the past.
According to TechRadar.com, however, there are a few pros that could keep the Jungle to keep from going under.
The Panasonic Jungle does look like it runs on Linux, though, so you should see some Flash-based content (FarmVille etc.) heading to the device.
The device features a QWERTY keyboard, a high-res display and the normal gaming buttons you would expect.
If only the Jungle could become the default place to play Farmville. Now THAT would be something.