Portable PC gaming console Smach Z shown off at E3 2018

The Smach Z is a portable PC gaming console expected out later in the year. The Smach Z is a portable PC gaming console expected out later in the year. SMACH TEAM

During E3 2018, Smach Team showed off the Smach Z with a new trailer and information.

Described as a portable gaming console for PC games, Smach Z is a handheld gaming console with a 6-inch touchscreen.  Smach Team says it's powerful enough to play AAA PC games natively in high definition.

“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,” said Daniel Fernandez, CEO at Smach Team.  “It’s an ambitious project but each step takes us closer to the ultimate gaming console that PC games enthusiasts have been waiting for.”

Smach Team says their device will launch with an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor, Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, and will run on Windows 10 or Linux.  Furthermore, they say that all of the titles in a user's online PC game library will be available to play on their Smach Z with no additional fees.

The device can also be connected to a TV via HDMI and can double as a multimedia center.  Smach Team says it's capable of 4K video playback and can also be used for browsing the internet, making Skype calls, or streaming videos.

The Smach Z was crowdfunded via Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  It is scheduled for launch in late 2018 and will be available in two editions: the Smach Z and the Smach Z Pro.  Prices begin at 699.99€, which is roughly $822 USD.

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