Panasonic scraps Jungle handheld gaming machine

Panasonic's curious handheld gaming device the Jungle is no longer in development, the company has confirmed.

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In October 2010, electronics company Panasonic unveiled the Jungle, "a new mobile device concept designed specifically for online gamers." More details were promised soon but instead, via Reuters, we have word that Panasonic has now scrapped it.

"Panasonic decided to suspend further development due to changes in the market and in our own strategic direction," the company said. There you go, then.

It wasn't clear exactly what function the Jungle, which seemed to sit somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook, would serve. On a mission to "Create an ecosystem around online gaming," the device would pack a touchpad, keyboard and unrevealed "other gaming controls." The only parts of this ecosystem that were confirmed, though, were browser-based MMOs Battlestar Galactica Online, RuneScape and Stellar Dawn, along with and a web series about gaming.

Hardware specs were also unknown. Perhaps we'll never know what exactly the Jungle was intended to run, along with other incidental details such as who would buy one and why.

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    March 1, 2011 7:00 AM

    Comment on Panasonic scraps Jungle handheld gaming machine, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 1, 2011 7:08 AM

      Panasonic came to it's senses I see.

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      March 1, 2011 7:26 AM

      Damn, and I was hoping it would be backward compatible with 3DO games.

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      March 1, 2011 7:47 AM

      "...due to changes in the market" ? At what point in your fantasy marketplace was this ever a viable project to begin with?

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        March 1, 2011 8:38 AM

        I bet they just ride online trends. The next panasonic gaming device proposal will be a dedicated minecraft playing device

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      March 1, 2011 8:31 AM

      They saw the new PSP NGP that's why it's canceled.... :P

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        March 1, 2011 8:58 AM

        But a "PSP2" had been rumored for a while, since back before E3 2010 when a developer spilled the beans. Why announce it in October with both the 3DS reveal at E3 and the believable rumors of a PSP2 in early summer?

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        March 1, 2011 2:32 PM

        I think they saw the Razer netbook thing and found out they have no idea what they were doing.

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      March 1, 2011 8:34 AM

      It's one of those things, like the Ngage that I simply cannot understand. How did they think for a single split second that this product could work?

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        March 1, 2011 9:03 AM

        Well, at least they had the sense to stop.

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        March 1, 2011 8:46 PM

        someone is not good at GameDevStory

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        March 1, 2011 9:17 PM

        Well the idea of a phone that could play games was a good one. It's just that they made it wrong.

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          March 2, 2011 2:33 PM

          and they even realised that before launch, unlike others

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      March 1, 2011 3:03 PM

      Not really a surprise.

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      March 1, 2011 3:07 PM

      Rich Guy Wearing Monocle #1 - "So...whats on the agenda today?"

      Rich Guy Wearing Monocle #2 - "You guys want to start developing a gaming system?"

      Rich Guy Wearing Top Hat - "GOOD GOD, you sir deserve a pat on the back."

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      March 1, 2011 8:29 PM

      This is the first I ever heard of this device.

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      March 1, 2011 9:05 PM

      I suspect they watched the ascendancy of iOS devices into gaming and decided they just were ill equipped to win a battle that even Sony and Nintendo will struggle with in the long run.