GamePad Digital believes that PC gamers want a mobile gaming platform. In fact, it believes this fact so much that it has announced plans to run a crowdfunding campaign for its followup device next January.
GPD released the GPD Win earlier this year to little impact. Something that hasn’t stopped the Chinese company from announcing the GPD Win 2, a new and improved version of the handheld.
The mobile gaming PC (or is it a console?) features a 6-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. Powering the unit is an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor with Intel HD Graphics 615. Despite these limitations, GPD is still claiming that the handheld will be able to run AAA games at 720p. This includes getting 30 fps on Grand Theft Auto 5 and 50 fps on Skyrim. Needless to say, these claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.
That said, it is a step-up from GPD’s previous product that used an Atom processor. The GPD Win 2 also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB m.2 SSD for storage (that can be user-upgraded).
The two 4900mAh battery on paper gives six to eight hours of continuous gaming time and GPD gave the Win 2 a complete selection of ports, including USB Type-C for both power and data, and a microHDMI slot to connect any external displays. Plus there are the usual WiFi and Bluetooth as well.
What makes the GPD Win 2 interesting is the integrated controller. You get the full suite of controls, including a D-Pad, two analogue joysticks and even shoulder buttons. As the controller buttons can be re-assigned, users can use it for any game in their library – both native Windows and emulated games.
GPD will be opening the Win 2’s Indiegogo page on January 15, with the pledges starting from US$ 599 (RM 2,450).