Nvidia JXD S192 – the best Android gaming console?

JXD S192SI love my Nvidia Shield tablet but what about an Android device that’s dedicated to Android gaming? Well the Nvidia JXD S192 may be the one.

Before I start, I realise that there’ll be some of you saying “Hang on, you’ve forgotten about Ouya!” well, I think most other people have too. The Ouya seemed to be a decent proposition and enough people agreed with the millions it made on Kickstarter originally. Unfortunately, it was buggy as hell and sales were poor. Its lack of support by games developers didn’t help either.

Nvidia’s Shield tablet and Shield Android TV box are both excellent devices that excel when it comes to playing quality games as well as be fully-featured entertainment kit.

Anybody who has played with the latest Shield Tablet K1 will tell you how the Tegra K1 processor makes quality gaming possible on a portable device. My first gen Shield is pretty near darned perfect as it is except that to fully enjoy the gaming experience I need to lug around a wireless controller.

Now a handheld gaming tablet plans to exploit the chip for a gaming handheld that will also come packed with retro emulators aplenty.

JXD S192 Half Life EP2The Nvidia JXD S192 is a handheld device powered by the that same Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor and the 2GHz ARM Cortex-A15 chip. There are 192 GPU cores and it is supported by 2GB of RAM.

The screen features a 7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) display with 323ppi. There are stereo speakers built in, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel snapper on the front.
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What the JXD brings to the table is its built-in ergonomic gamepad that surrounds the screen.

The contoller will be familiar to anyone who has used a console control and, should you want to, you can even use separate USB or Bluetooth controllers.

Impressively, the JXD is packing a 10,000mAh battery which adds up to 30 days of standby time, 57 hours of wireless internet access or up to six hours of constant gaming.

It comes with Android 4.2.2 pre-installed, Google Play, plus emulators for 18 different computers and consoles, including MAME, Dreamcast, SNES, NES, N64, Megadrive, PSOne and more.

You can pre-order the £220 device from Funstock and it should land around May 6th.