Once promising Kickstarter campaign rising from ashes at E3 — meet PGS

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Sometime last year there was a Kickstarter campaign that seemed to show a lot of promise in bringing PC gaming to a handheld device. This particular Kickstarter campaign managed to raise $302,836USD with a goal of $100,000USD, not too shabby. Even with the project funded the whole thing was suddenly canceled. We’re not totally informed as to why the PGS Kickstarter campaign was canceled but they did leave a long note with some hints and clues on their Kickstarter page.

For less than 5 days we collected more than $300.000. Those were very busy days and we got precious experience. With your help, we have proven that PGS is highly interesting to people. Despite the raw prototype version, we got nearly 1000 backers from all over the world in our community. Driven by a common idea and vision, we were moving forward together.

The project has made a great social impact: about 1000 articles in the world media, more than 300.000 community members. We are really thankful to everyone who shares our vision of the future.

Unfortunately, such a great impact also attracted the attention of a small group of people who are always trying to spoil others’ achievements, to obstruct the progress. We are not much offended, but activity of these people managed to induce suspicion in some part of our community. The detractors were trying hard to convince others that our project is fake and scam and that our only goal is to get money and disappear. At some point even several media resources started believing that it’s true.

As a result, we were facing the dilemma. In several days the campaign is going to end, we can get the sufficient sum of money for the PGS development, our investment agreements come into force. But.. A lot of people may keep thinking we are a scam project. We were considering various paths and decisions and eventually, we’ve come to the following decision: we are canceling our Kickstarter campaign. All your pledges will cancel as well. We will get no funds, but that’s the price of saving our reputation. Now everyone who still thinks that PGS is a scam should realize how far it is from truth.

Even though we are canceling, things are not so bad. Despite the initial agreements with investors that we must finish the campaign, the last meeting ended up with the new agreement according to which our device will be created anyway!

Earlier today we were sent an interesting email concerning the PGS system and one of the biggest trade shows in the world, E3. The email states that PGS is actively making arrangements to begin production of the first test batches of PGS Hardcore hardware. It also goes on to say that PGS Labs will be attending E3 to demo and showcase their hardware to the world. They do list some system specs, which point to a pretty powerful handheld device:

  • Display:
    • PGS Hardcore: FHD IPS 1920×1080 (5.9*)
    • PGS Lite: HD IPS 1280×720 (5.5*)
  • GPU: Intel® HD Graphics 600 MHz 16 cores (Windows) + Mali-T880 MP4 (Android)
  • CPU: Intel® Atom x7-Z8750 2.56GHZ (Windows) + MediaTek Helio X2X 2.5GHZ (Android)
  • Chipset: Intel® Atom Cherry Trail + MediaTek Helio
  • Memory:
    • PGS Hardcore: 4GB LPDDR3 (Windows) + 2GB LPDDR3 (Android)
    • PGS Lite: 8GB LPDDR3 (Windows) + 3GB LPDDR3 (Android)
  • OS: Windows® 10 (64-Bit) + Android 6.0
  • Storage:
    • PGS Hardcore: 64GB eMMC (Windows) + 16GB eMMC (Android)
    • PGS Lite: 128GB UFS (Windows) + 32GB eMMC (Android)
  • Communication: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.0 + 2G/3G/LTE + GPS
  • Battery:
    • PGS Hardcore: Li-Po 6800mAh battery
    • PGS Hardcore: Li-Po 4080mAh battery
  • Size:
    • PGS Hardcore:158 x 78 x 15 mm
    • PGS Hardcore:145 x 71 x 11 mm
  • Weight:
    • PGS Hardcore:320 g
    • PGS Hardcore:245 g

Other features include USB-C, Built-in cam and webcam (13.0MP/2.0MP), and wireless charging and NFC on the Hardcore version. Now, we’re not completely sold yet. After all, the demise of their Kickstarter campaign and the cryptic goodbye message kind of give one pause into trusting PGS with telling the truth. Still, it will be interesting to see if the company actually shows up with a working piece of hardware. We can only hope they do because I’m sure there are many gamers out there who would love to have this device in hand.

What do you think? Do you think PGS Labs is serious? Or do you think this is another case of vaporware? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.


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