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Project Scout - The Indie Rival to the Nintendo Switch

A look at a custom built handheld gaming PC that can stream Xbox One games and promises better performance and more expansive storage than the Nintendo Switch.

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Neonridr39d ago

I'm still trying to see how this rivals a Switch. A Switch is the console itself. This thing is a fancy remote play device that has the ability to stream games from a PC or XB1. So not only do you need this device, you also need one of the other two. While it's a cool device, no doubt, I would sooner compare this to a Vita than a Switch.

PolishWingedHussar39d ago

It can do more than remote streaming, though. You can download games onto the 250GB internal SSD drive, and it also has WiFi connectivity. In the first video, those games are running natively, not through PC or Xbox One.

His goal is to make it a fully functioning, portable gaming PC with access to Steam and online play. The biggest issues he has right now is lack of a battery and a touchscreen, which are in the works. I think it has potential should he get backing on Kickstarter.

Neonridr39d ago

ahh gotcha. Ok well that makes more sense I guess. Although not sure how you would download full Xbox One games to an internal storage on a separate device and not have any sort of piracy issues there.

PolishWingedHussar39d ago

True. He mentions the fact that Microsoft is making games available on Windows (perhaps through their Play Anywhere program), though I highly doubt Project Scout runs Windows.

There is definitely a concern of piracy via ROMs and whatnot. I wonder if he'll address this in the future? :/

Monster_Tard39d ago

The cost is also a big issue. He says that he's trying to get the cost down, but is currently suggesting a $1000 price tag.

a_adji39d ago

I think as soon as something is portable and plays games this comparisons will happen now. yet if the switch wasnt a hit the bedroom journalists wouldnt even bother.

paulust200239d ago

The switch will also soon have an app to stream PC games :)

Vits39d ago

Looks pretty cool. The only issue that it may face if going through Kickstarter is the price point.

Right now the only device in the market that offers a similar experience is the GDP Win ($320). It have the same size of a 3DS, runs Windows 10 and therefore can acess both Steam games and emulators.

And there is also the SMACH Z (€299 for the basic or €499 for the pro) that as far as I know still in development. But it offers the same kind of experience in a more robust shape with a AMD SoC that can run games at higher frame rates.

porkChop39d ago

Smach Z is never happening. Even back in 2014 when it was the SteamBoy, it seemed like a really sketchy product. They just lost their production partner and the boards they were going to use, and they've burned through their crowdsourcing funds. It'll never happen.

Vits38d ago

I do know that the "console" was being delayed over and over again, but didn't know that they actually lost partners and such. I'm not doubting you, but do you have any sources that prove this information?

Vits37d ago

Thanks man.
Such a shame that the project ended up like that.

Vits37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

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Replied to the wrong post.

antikbaka39d ago

As life has shown already - no one needs indies

joeorc39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

The better solution for something like this if you want to keep the price down with say an all in one pkg system...is something along these lines adding a screen I think like this:

https://www.udoo.org

UDOO X86 embeds two processors made by Intel®:

a Quad Core 64-bit new-generation x86 Braswell 14nm processors, designed for the PC domain (The N-Series Intel® Pentium® / Celeron® and x5-Series Atom family of System-on-Chips (SoCs) formerly coded as Braswell is a series of Quad Core SoCs with 64-bit instruction set and very low TDP.)
the Intel® Curie™ module, the same of Arduino™ 101, designed for wearables
While the X86 Braswell processor can run all the Windows, Linux, Android X86 64bit Distros you want to use as desktop PC, the Intel® Curie™ allows easy access to a Arduino™ 101 environment.

There is 4 models

https://www.udoo.org/docs-
x86/Hardware_Reference/
Board_versions.html

To keep pricing points lower with lower costs with good performance/watt with of course full loaded windows OS as well...

joeorc39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

https://youtu.be/tzvzSkiAWH...

Like so:

Gaming examples Doom 3 for instance

https://youtu.be/20lL_8bDo2...

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