The present gaming market is being monopolized by iPhone and iPod Touch giving cause for marketing supremos like Sony and Nintendo to rack their brains, to try all ways to retain what best they can. So ideally speaking, it may not be the right time to enter the gaming arena at the moment. But Panasonic has not only dared to enter, but has also proved to be a strong competitor.

About 15 years ago [3D gaming console], Panasonic had tried their hand at gaming, but were not very successful. But now they have ventured with double the enthusiasm to introduce their latest Online Gaming-focused business termed Panasonic Cloud Entertainment in short PCENT, focused on introducing their one device THE JUNGLE. But it looks like Panasonic are still being a bit secretive about this project.

Now coming to the most important bit – The price of Panasonic’s The Jungle and availability in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Madras, Kolkota and other places in India… They haven’t yet released the price band and no one knows about the availability. Do not worry, I’ll keep you updated about it!!

This is how it should look. The Jungle is not just the title given to the handset, but also stands for the brand comprising of few other things. This is in addition of video content creation, which they have collaborated with to launch a new weekly show-Online Underground. It also includes working with third party developers.

If everything works as planned, the Jungle should be a clamshell, more like a dual-touch sensitive-D-pads, the display on the upper segment and a touchpad and keyboard. Concentrating on an online gaming and ‘content in the cloud’ is their main area of interest. They have been able to confirm only one game –Battlestar Galactica Online. BSG: Online is made by Big point- the creators of Flash based online games.

This device boasts of a 3.5mm jack, a micro USB port, a Mini HDMI port, and many more. The handheld is directed specifically at giving MMO [massive multiplayer online] players a way to get their game going and bears QWERTY keyboard, high-res display and a touch sensitive-d-pad and buttons. It has been created with the intention of taking MMORPGs [massive multiplayer online role playing games] along with you wherever you go. It may be running atop a custom linux build. Appearance wise, it seems to be to be a bit clunky, may have a touch of Nokia’s N-Gage gadgets. You can san The Jungle is more like a tiny PC, the first time MMORPG freaks will be ever going outdoors to play and level up their wizards.

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