Early last year, we posted an article about a mini 7″ Windows 10 laptop that was on Indiegogo from a company named GPD. Also released last year was the GPD WIN, a 5.5-inch Windows handheld gaming console. The company is back on Indiegogo with the GPD WIN 2 — a slightly larger and improved version of the GPD WIN which is supposedly able to run AAA games in a handheld game console format.
As far as specifications go, the GPD WIN 2 features a 6″ 1280×720 screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Under the hood, GPD is touting a 7th Gen Intel Kaby Lake Core m3-7Y30, 9th Gen Intel 615 graphics, and 8GB LPDDR3 RAM. The base version will also come with a 128GB M.2 SSD drive with 256GB and 512GB options available.
As far as ports go, the back of the GPD WIN 2 has a USB Type-C port, headphone jack, USB A, MicroSD, and micro HDMI. More interesting however, is the inclusion of gamepad controls above the keyboard and on the back as well. On either side of the back of the GPD WIN 2 are two bumper buttons and a trigger button. Above the keyboard, are two thumbsticks, a D-pad, and X/Y/A/B buttons. The unit is also equipped with a pair of vibration motors.
GPD ran the unit through a number of games as a test and lists some of the framerates you can expect to see with some popular games. The company also notes that the framerates listed were achieved using low settings. That being said, the console only has a 6″ 720p screen so it’ll be interesting to see how the low quality settings look on the setup.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 maximum settings at 38fps;
- Heroes of the Storm 60fps, team battle at 38fps, with an average of 49fps;
- For Overwatch, its framerate on menu screen is 120fps, 80fps when walking in the map, and a stable value of 50-70fps when in during matches, with an average of 83fps;
- League of Legends, even on maximum settings, 60fps can be achieved, heavy action sections at 48fps, an average of 54fps;
- DOTA2 maximum settings at 70fps;
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim with average of 53fps;
- World of Warcraft with an average of 30fps.
In addition to playing Windows games, the GPD WIN 2 should also be able to stream games from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. With a pair of 4900mAh batteries, the handheld console has a battery life of 6-8 hours, depending on use of course.
The GPD WIN 2 has already surpassed its $100,000USD flexible goal and currently sits at over $1.3 million raised with 2 months left. The console is available starting at $649 for a single unit, a savings of $250 off the anticipated retail price. There are also options to purchase more than one and save even more. Shipping is expected in May of this year. As with any crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk supporting them. We’ve recently heard about several that we’ve written about that have failed or are having issues. Our reporting on Kickstarter campaigns does not mean we support or are affiliated with them. Support at your own risk.Back on Indiegogo