Revealed in the newest episode of Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory on MTV, Panasonic is making a new handheld gaming device called the Jungle.
The Jungle is a portable gaming device which is focused on Massive Multiplayer Online gameing, more commonly known as MMO games. The device is set into a clamshell design, similar to Nintendo's more recent handhelds. As for input, the Jungle will have a D-Pad, mini-keyboard, touchpad, and shoulder buttons. Other details such as its touchpad's usability and the actual innards of the product are still unknown.
In its unveiling video, it appears that the Jungle will have a special relationship with an upcoming MMO: Battlestar Galactica Online. Otherwise, software specifics are also hidden.
This is not Panasonic's first venture into the gaming industry. The company's debut console into the industry was the 3DO, made in part by the 3DO Company in 1993. It was sold at a highly-set $700 and failed in the market, but it remained available until 1996. The system, a CD-based console, is best known for the combination of its authentic arcade ports and its horrible interactive movie games. A successor, the M2, was in production but was ultimately canceled. Furthermore, in Japan Panasonic released a special version of the GameCube, entitled the Q, which had GameCube functions as well as DVD playback.
No release date has been given as of yet.