GCW Zero Portable Open-Source Linux Based Handheld System In Development. Seeking Kickstarter Funding

11 Jan

GCW Zero Portable Game System Hardware

GCW-Zero, An all-new open-source Linux-based handheld system.

The GCW-Zero is an all-new open-source, Linux-based handheld gaming console, a portable system “made by gamers, for gamers”, that is completely customizable to your liking and can emulate virtually all retro consoles. The device is seeking Kickstarter funding of $130,000 to help get the system off the manufacturing rack. The console will focus on retro experiences, but allow gamers to customize and create games for it (as well as official ports and apps) that are supported and encouraged by GCW (Game Consoles Worldwide), the hardware manufacturer, themselves. They hope this will spawn a growing community of gamers and developers around the device.

$135 dollars will get you the system on Kickstarter for now. I’ll update when I hear about an official price for the actual production model if/when it hits stores.

More below from the Kickstarter Page. Check it out and consider Backing the device if you think it’s an interesting concept.

Handheld Gaming Is Awesome
We live in a technological era where it is possible to place powerful gaming hardware that exceeds yesterday’s PCs in the palm of your hand. Tablets and smart phones are just one example of this. Their touch screens have already revolutionized casual, portable gaming. However, many gamers would agree that they are in their true natural habitat when in direct control of that experience with physical buttons and a real d-pad or authentic analog control. The world just needed these two ideas combined into one package for the gaming community.

We are developing the GCW Zero, a handheld console built around the Ingenic JZ4770 1 GHz MIPS processor. It is powerful enough to run classic PC games, emulate the game consoles we grew up with and run homebrew games seamlessly at high frame rates.

Open Source Software Is Awesome
We here at Game Consoles Worldwide believe that a company should not just capitalize and consumers should be allowed to do more than consume. Too many devices today are walled gardens, designed solely for consumption. Not ours! The GCW Zero gives you full control of your handheld. Install any application you want to run, change the operating system in any way you want. We won’t fight you; in fact we’ll encourage you.

Because the Zero runs Linux, a huge library of excellent, free, open source software can run on it. Our core development team is hard at work porting popular applications to provide a strong launch day lineup and we’re sure many more will follow from us and from our community.


CPU: Ingenic JZ4770 1 GHz MIPS processor

GPU: Vivante GC860, capable of OpenGL ES 2.0

Display: 3.5 inch LCD with 320×240 pixels; 4:3 aspect ratio is ideal for retro gaming

Memory: 256 MB DDR2

Internal storage: 8 GB, most of which is available for applications and data

External storage: micro SDHC up to 32 GB or micro SDXC of 64 GB (SDXC cards must be reformatted before use)

Mini USB 2.0 OTG

Mini HDMI 1.3 out

3.5 mm (mini jack) A/V port for earphone and analog TV-out

Stereo speakers, mono microphone

Accelerometer (g-sensor) and vibration motors

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, can connect to access point or direct device-to-device

Dimensions: 143 * 70 * 18 mm

Weight: 8 oz / 225 g

Battery: 2800 mAh

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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in News, Video of the Day, Videogame News, Videos


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