Smach Z Release Date, Specs & Update: This New Handheld Gaming PC Can Play Steam Games

By Ceage Sotto , Updated Nov 22, 2016 09:12 AM EST

Multitudes of gamers prefer to play triple-A titles on the PC. Aside from having better hardware specs than most of the current consoles out in the market today, playing your games in a personal computer is way cooler.

The reason? The PC offers more gaming versatility. Nowadays, you can just buy a good joystick and plug it on your PC's USB port. That is not to mention that gaming laptops are severely underrated in terms of being able to play almost any game.

What if you combine the portability of a "Nintendo 3DS," the hardware of a modest gaming rig and the ability to play steam games (or any games) into one device? You have the Smach Z.

Smach Z Features & Specs: Playing PC Titles On A Handheld Device

The Kickstarter project from the Smach Team really got the attention of gamers in the recently concluded Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, Germany. The Smach Z is equipped with an impressive hardware unprecedentedly packed in a compact device. It is powered by a 4-core AMD Merlin Falcon RX-421BD processor, packs 4GB ram and 8GB DDR4 2133 MHz for the pro model. It also has a Radeon R7 GPU running at 800MHz.

The Smach Z also features a 6-inch full HD touchscreen LCD screen that runs at a native resolution of 1920x1080. It supports USB 3.0 Type C and has WiFi connectivity plus a 5 megapixel front camera for the Pro models. Every gamer out there would be drooling at the potential of this gaming rig, let alone that the handheld has already benchmarked "Dark Souls 3," "Starcraft II Wings of Liberty," and "Overwatch" to its impressive list of compatible games. You can learn about the device in its kickstarter page here.

Smach Z The Nintendo Switch Killer?

Nintendo has already launched its new and groovy portable/room console called the Nintendo Switch. In its introductory video, gamers were treated with the console's ability to transform into a handheld device whenever needed, but will Smach Z eliminate the competition? Both of the devices are not still out in the market.

Certainly gamers are amazed at how fast gaming technology has developed in the past years. In retrospect, people were certainly caught in the gaming landscape with the release of Sony's PS1 20 years ago. We've marveled at the first "Metal Gear Solid" game because it had advanced graphics at that time. Hopefully, we'll be able to check both devices and put in a detailed review soon. 

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