It has been a while since we talked about the Pandora handheld gaming system. The last mention of the device, which looks like a DS with a physical keyboard to me, was back in April of 2010. At the time, the shipments had been delayed by the massive volcano eruption in Iceland. If you still have a hankering for the open source gaming device, it will ship next month reports Pocketables.
The company behind the portable gaming device is said to be ready to ship 4,000 devices starting next month. It has taken four years for the company to get to the point of finally shipping the devices, which is a massive wait in the fast-moving technology world. I think the device would have fared better years back since many mobile gamers have moved on to tablets and smartphones as the platform of choice.
The Pandora has a 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution. It packs in WiFi, Bluetooth, a host USB port, and dual SDHC memory card slots. The user can boot from those memory card slots, and the device was intended to run Linux. I bet more than a few will be hacked for Android. The pre-order page for the device lists the device at 375 euros. I don’t see this being as successful today as it could have been years back when first unveiled.