The Spanish development team working on the handheld gaming device, the SMACH Z, has been under a lot of scrutiny after being crowdfunded. Originally the pre-orders for the SMACH Z opened up back in spring. Specifically the pre-orders opened up in March for $699.99.
The minute long trailer doesn’t really do anything new other than reintroduce gamers to the SMACH Z’s specs, which includes a 6-inch screen, an AMD Vega 8 GPU, a Ryzen V1605B SoC, with 2.6 teraflops, 16GB of RAM, 46 watt battery power and up to 256GB of storage. Obviously you won’t be able to play too many AAA games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or Ghost Recon: Wildlands at the same time due to the limited amount of storage space, but it sure beats the Switch’s paltry storage capacity, eh?
The trailer wasn’t well received by the gaming audience at all.
What’s the issue exactly? A lot of people are calling it “Scam Z”.
So why are they calling it a scam? Well, because it’s been promised for quite some time, but it still doesn’t have a publicly available prototype. It was originally Kickstarted back in 2016, so it’s been two years but still nothing.
The developers promised that it would essentially be a PC version of the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to game on the go with haptic pads and an analog stick while playing some of the most high-end AAA games on the market, as well as plug it into a TV using an HDMI cable.
The device was originally supposed to launch in April of 2017, but was delayed by a year. The dev team had hands-on prototypes available at this year’s E3, but only showcased it to select media. Daniel Fernandez, CEO at SMACH Team, commented about the prototype, saying…
“We are really excited to showcase the first hands-on demo of the SMACH Z prototype build to media at E3 2018 and look forward to getting initial feedback, which will be crucial to bring the fully functional Beta version to Gamescom 2018,”
“It’s an ambitious project but each step takes us closer to the ultimate gaming console that PC games enthusiasts have been waiting for.”
Well, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on the beta version. It won’t be available until GamesCom later this year in August.