The First Gaming Dedicated Android Handheld Goes On Sale

Want to play Android games but don't want to invest in an Android phone or tablet? Are you children always taking your phone away to play games? The answer to these problems just went on sale in the form of the MG, the first pocketable Wi-Fi Android app-gaming system.

PlayMG, the company behind the device, actually markets this as a device for young people, fitting it with features like a parental control Family Collaboration system, allowing parents to give younger gamers an allowance to use on games without having to load credit card numbers.

However, with its bright four-inch display and expandable memory (it ships with an 8GB SD card), I don't see why any mobile gaming aficionado wouldn't be tempted to drop $US150 on this little puppy.

The MG comes packed with games. EA has provided NBA Jam and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (bit of bad timing on that last one), along with Com2US' Slice It, Swing Shot, Homerun Battle 2, Tiny Farm, Tower defence, 9 Innings Baseball, Super Action Hero and Derby Days. It's also got the MG Origins Avatar System loaded in, a meta game for kids that tells the story of their avatar, unlocking as they earn points by playing other games on the device.

It's a little bundle of nifty and one that I am seriously considering picking up. I use an Android phone right now, but given my need to play all of the games, all of the time, a dedicated device might be just the thing.

The MG is available at Amazon and directly through PlayMG, at an introductory price of $US150, $US20 off MSRP.


    There are emulators around which can play android games. While I am babysitting, my nephews have been playing dungeon story which I also own on the nexus 7. Such a great game.

    Finally the iPod touch has some competition.

    Is it tegra based? snap dragon? Any real information on it?

    Where's the D-pad? Buttons?

    This is no gaming machine.

    So, its a gaming machine because its shape loosely resembles a Vita/PSP? Its no more a gaming machine than a Nexus S.

    Maybe I missed something but this is hardly the first android device for gaming that isn't a phone, there a literally hundreds of these from china within a large price range $30-$200, some have d-pads etc, in fact kotaku has been talking about the Vita look alike one for a while now.

    If you're looking for a cheap itouch competitor take a google around for android PMP's (portable Media Player).

      They changed the definition of dedicated yesterday. Didn't you get the memo?

      So now a "dedicated" android handheld means to be oddly shaped and have less functionality than ANY other android device out there.

    "I use an Android phone right now, but given my need to play all of the games, all of the time, a dedicated device might be just the thing."

    I fail to see the logic in this. You already use an Android phone to play games, which is fine and I assume works fine. But to fill your need to play games "all of the time" you need a second device? So this second device is there so you can play games whilst doing something else with your phone that disallows you to play games? Otherwise I don't see why you wouldn't just be playing games on the phone or do you just not keep your phone on your person "all of the time" but feel you would hold onto this instead? That's just a little odd sounding. Personally I would find it much harder needing to manage two devices at once. Wait... I get it. Your not actually going to get one of these are you. You're just lying to us through your writing to make the device your advertising in your article sound better... Or am I missing something?

      Games kill battery life. If you use a dedicated gaming device, you won't have to worry about not being able to make phone calls/texts/tweets/what-have-you when you're out of battery power.

    Xperia Play? can be brought every so often for $200

      yer... the only real Android gaming device I'v seen is the xPeria Play. WiFi only??? Don't put an SIM card in it. A Dedicated Android Gaming Device should have physical controls...

    The first?
    What about...
    - JXD S5110
    - JXD S5100
    - JXD S7100
    - JXD V5200
    - JXD S601
    - JXD S5300
    - JXD S602
    - JXD S603
    - Yinlips YSPG19
    - Yinlips YDPG17
    - Yinlips YDPG18A
    - Yinlips YDPG16
    - Yinlips YDPG18
    - Droid X360
    - DEA My Play
    - Newpad H71
    - BiTT Gametablet
    Apart from these (plus countless clones)...this is definitely the first...probably. :)

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