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Smach Z handheld gaming PC probably won’t ever ship (crowdfunding fail)

There are a growing number of handheld gaming computers available including three models that launched in just the first half of this year, the ONEXPLAYER, GPD Win 3, and AYA Neo. But one device that was announced long before any of the others has been stuck in limbo for years, and now it looks likely […]

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Smach Z hardware finalized, handheld gaming PC set to debut at E3 (and ship later this year)

The Smach Z is a handheld gaming PC with a 6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display surrounded by game controllers on the left and right sides. It’s powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B processor with Radeon Vega graphics. And it’s been in development for a very long time. But Smach says the handheld […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC to begin mass production in early 2019

The Smach Z is a handheld gaming PC that’s been under development in one form or another since 2014, when it was little more than a concept device called the SteamBoy. Now it’s looking like the folks at Smach are almost ready to ship the system. The company has released a set of promotional videos […]

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Smach Z alpha handheld gaming PC makes its debut (but it’s not playable yet)

So there’s good news and bad news for folks who’ve been following the development of the Smach Z handheld gaming PC for the past four years. The good news is that, as promised, Smach is showing off an alpha prototype at Embedded World this week. The bad news is that it’s a non-working prototype. The […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC specs finalized: Ryzen V1605B, up to 8GB RAM

The Smach Z is a handheld gaming PC that’s been under development in one way or another since the developer released the first rendered images of a so-called “SteamBoy” handheld game system in 2014. Now Smach CEO Daniel Fernandez is getting ready to bring the Smach Z to market, hopefully in 2018. This week we […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC might actually ship one day (Leaks show signs of life)

It’s been almost 4 years since the first concept pictures for a handheld gaming PC called the SteamBoy were released. A year later the developers changed the name to Smach Zero… and then changed it again to the Smach Z and launched a crowdfunding campaign at the end of 2015. A few days later the […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC coming to Kickstarter (again)

It’s been more than half a year since the team behind the Smach Z handheld gaming computer launched a Kickstarter campaign… and then canceled it two days later. Now they’re ready to try again. This time they’ve got a prototype, outside investors, more details about the hardware they’re using, and some thoughts about stretch goals […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC put on hold

Just days after launching a Kickstarter campaign to build a handheld gaming PC running Steam OS software, the developers of the Smach Z have decided to put the project on hold. The current crowdfunding campaign has been canceled while the team reevaluates its hardware and funding options. In an update on the Kickstarter page, the […]

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Smach Zero: $300 handheld Steam Machine game console coming in 2016

The first gaming computers designed to run Valve’s Steam OS should begin shipping this fall. Want a Steam Machine that’s a bit more portable? The Smach Zero is a handheld game console that looks a bit like a PlayStation Portable, but it has an x86 processor, Steam OS software, and Steam Controller-style buttons and configurable […]