Could Pandora open up Linux games?

A stealth-mode startup is readying a Linux-based handheld gaming device with WiFi, USB, and a 4.3-inch 800x480 touchscreen. The "Pandora," headquartered at OpenPandora.org for now, runs Linux on a next-generation ARM SoC with integrated OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics processor. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Pandora measures 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches -- slightly smaller than Nintendo's DS Lite, or GamePark Holdings's Linux-based GP2X player, from which it arguably evolved. In terms of processing power, its designers claim Pandora will compare to Nintendo's GameCube, a non-mobile gaming platform.

OpenPandora.org was launched last year by "CraigIX" and "EvilDragon," both members of Gamepark Holdings's GP2X gaming community. The two launched the site and began working on Pandora after GamePark Holdings released its second-generation handheld gaming platform, the GP2X F-200. Thus, the Pandora appears to be positioned as a more powerful successor to the GP2X, a leading (and one of the only) Linux-based game platforms. Since few games are available for native Linux, GP2X supports a variety of game emulators, including MAME, SNES, Genesis, and PC Engine. This lets users enjoy a variety of game titles originally written for other platforms. Pandora will initially offer full-speed PlayStation 1 emulation, says the group, with N64 emulation planned in a later release.

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Looks very interesting. If I am at a better financial position when it is released then I am right now, I will be definitely interested in picking it up.

Good point, though you'd have to change the distro of Linux on it to one that hasn't been simplified as the one included has been. BTW, I'm replying to you on my mother's Eee PC 4G Surf.

The Pandora is expected to ship in April or May at a price of about $320 US (excluding VAT) or 100 GBP/286 Euros (including VAT).

Seems a bit to pricey for my taste...

(Azmodan said @ #4.1)
Portable consoles? Unless you want to carry a car battery and a 14" LCD with you. ;)

Oh, Im sorry, PSP...

(Jolidog said @ #2)
It's an interesting looking computer.
And probably supports many many games...

If it can really support those emulators that equals to thousands of games. All the classic games that are resold for the DS, PSP, and cell phones, etc. Now, DS and PSP emulation, that would be even better. Maybe the next version.