Die Firma hinter dem Portable Gaming System hat die Kickstarter-Kampagne überraschend gecancelled. Abheben soll der Flieger jedoch trotzdem.
Unter dem Namen Portable Gaming System konnte kürzlich eine portable Windows-Konsole auf der Crowdfunding-Plattform Kickstarter für zumindest etwas Aufmerksamkeit sorgen. Mit zwei Displays, verschiedenen Buttons zur Spielesteuerung und einem Klappmechanismus erinnerte das Gerät stark an den Nintendo DS und versprach so einiges.
Drei Wochen nach dem Start ist Kickstarter-Kampagne des Projektes nun aber doch gestrichen worden, wie man uns eben per Mail mitteilte. Schuld am Abbruch der Crowdfunding-Kampagne seien demnach vor allem die Zweifler innerhalb der Community. Im Kickstarter-Forum hingegen wird die Vermutung nahe gelegt, man breche das Projekt lieber schnell selbst ab, bevor Kickstarter dies aufgrund fehlender Prototyp-Videos tut.
Von Seiten der Entwickler heißt es, das Projekt werde dennoch realisiert und Investor seien bereits gefunden. So ist auf der Unternehmensseite bereits eine neue Möglichkeit der Vorbestellung freigeschaltet werden, dort werden wie auch bei Kickstarter 260 US-Dollar für die aktiv gekühlte „Hardcore“-Version fällig. Der Release ist nun für März 2017 angesetzt.
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About 24 days ago, being highly inspired we started fundraising campaign for realization of probably the most ambitious project over the history of portable gaming. It would be a device which is capable to become your smartphone, PC and portable gaming console at once. That device would have potential to reincarnate portable gaming world.
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 cancelling 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 cancelling, 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!
We can say we are not leaving with empty hands. This campaign has made a great impact, increasing our community and indicating the market demand situation. Also, during the campaign we have got hundreds of hints and reviews of our work, which we will use to grow and to make our product better.
Many people would ask: what about achieved stretch goals? All stretch goals, including those which are not achieved yet (except water proof), will be implemented in series devices. Moreover, the Hardcore version will include such features as vibro-modules, NFC, IRDA and FM-radio. Also, as it was mentioned before, the Hardcore version will include active cooling, which will allow keeping constant GPU frequency at 600 MHz. It will add about 50% performance compared to Microsoft Surface 3, for instance (which GPU frequency is 400 MHz in standard conditions).
After the release the device will become available on such stores as Amazon and Gearbest. The price for Hardcore version will start from 360$. This is higher than the Kickstarter price, so to make it fair we are opening the preorder system on pgslab.com Preorder price is 299$. During a month since today you will be able to use a promo code „hardcore“. Having entered it on the payment page, you will get an additional discount of 40$ (resulting price would be 259$).
As for the Lite version, its fate is in question. We don’t want to cancel it, but also it hasn’t gained great popularity in its current state. Perhaps we will revise its conception and pricing in the nearest future.
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We thank everyone who has trusted and supported us on our way. Thank you so much. We are creating the future together.
PGS LAB Team