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Panasonic launches new portable gaming system

The Jungle features a QWERTY keyboard, HDMI output for big screen support and a micro-USB port. The console runs Linux as its OS

Panasonic launches new portable gaming system
The Jungle is Panasonic's new portable gaming console. It is designed specifically for online gaming

Japanese electronics titan Panasonic yesterday announced its new handheld gaming system, known as the ‘Jungle'.

Panasonic says it developed the Jungle specifically so gamers could play online games such as massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) when on the move. This makes the Jungle less of a direct competitor to other handheld gaming devices like Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS.

The portable gaming gadget features a QWERTY keyboard, a touchpad and shoulder buttons in addition to a d-pad. The device also boasts HDMI connectivity and a micro-USB port. Linux is the operating system (OS) that will run the device and its games.

Panasonic once entered the console gaming market with its 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (better known as the 3DO) back in 1993. The console competed with the likes of the well accepted Nintendo SNES, Sega's Mega Drive and Atari's Jaguar. The 3DO was eventually discontinued in 1996 amid growing competition and lacking interest in the console. It is widely believed a mere two million 3DOs were sold in its lifetime. Its successor, the M2, was subsequently canceled.

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