SMACH, a device maker and innovator, announced that their SMACH Z portable gaming PC is currently available for pre-order right now for $699.99.
The upcoming device is powered by AMD’s CPU and GPU, boasting capabilities of running games like The Witcher 3 at 720p on medium settings at an average of 40 frames per second. That’s 10 frames more than the average of the Xbox One or PS4 versions, both of which hover at 30fps with the Xbox One running at 1600 x 900p.
According to the press note, the SMACH Z will be able to games like GTA V at 720p on normal settings at an average of 60 frames per second, while games like Dark Souls 3 will only muster 40 frames per second on the low settings and a resolution of 720p.
Those middling graphics for the portable gaming PC are brought to you by a Vega 8 GPU from AMD, along with the Ryzen V1605B SoC, 16GB of RAM, a 1080p 6-inch touchscreen and 512GB of internal memory. You can take a gander at the device with the promo trailer below.
Daniel Fernandez, the CEO of SMACH, mentioned in the press release that this is basically going to be the PC version of the Nintendo Switch… just without the motion controls, HD Rumble, or built-in local two-player…
“The introduction of the SMACH Z handheld console will create new opportunities for portable gaming devices, enabling users to play AAA titles at HD framerates, delivering desktop-quality power and graphics in the palm of players’ hands,”
“By leveraging the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 with superior graphics capabilities and mega processing power in our console, we are ready to revolutionize the on-the-go consumer gaming experience.”
The SMACH Z was originally Kickstarter two years ago in very short order. At the time, before the Nintendo Switch was on the market, the prospect of playing high-end AAA PC games on the go seemed like a dream come true.
Interestingly enough the SMACH Z sports a controller design scheme identical to Valve’s Steam controller. You have two haptic pads on the left and right, the standard face buttons on one side and an analog stick on the other.
You can configure the haptic pads for your play preferences, but I’m here to tell you that haptic pads are not good for fighting games at all. The PS4’s DualShock 4 is still the king when it comes to fighting games.
Anyway, SMACH Z comes with an optional Linux or Windows 10 installation, and USB-C, USB-A, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, SD card slots, and a display port so you can effectively hook it up to your TV and play games… just like the Nintendo Switch.
You can pre-order the SMACH Z starting March 15th for $699.99 over on the official SMACH Z website.