PlayMG is tempting gamers with a device called the MG. Touted as “the first dedicated pocketable Wi-Fi gaming system for Android,” the MG is targeted at younger consumers. The advantage of having MG, according to PlayMG itself, is that it eliminates the need to have a smartphone, which can incur costly monthly rates, to enjoy the many games available on Android. PlayMG also makes in-app purchases or buying apps easier by allowing its users to load the device with their allowance money.
The device is preloaded with several games, including Derby Days, Swing Shot, Tower Defense, Inotia 4, NBA Jam, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, Slice It, Tiny Farm, Homerun Battle 2, 9 Innings Baseball, and Super Action Hero. More games, however, may be downloaded from the Google Play Store, to which the MG has full access.
PlayMG is also offering a free $10 credit for those who register for the SpendSmart prepaid MasterCard. This is a reloadable card that parents can use to give their children “game allowances.” That way, children do not overspend and parents do not get surprised by large app expenses. PlayMG claims that theirs is the first portable gaming device that comes with this feature. There is also a parental control feature that parents can enable should they wish to receive notifications regarding their children’s activity on their e-mail accounts.
As for its specifications, the MG sports a 4-inch touchscreen display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage capacity. Moreover, it packs a memory card slot with an 8GB card included, but it supports as much as 64GB of additional storage. There is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a screen brightness control, an audio jack, and a lanyard opening, as well.
The MG may now be pre-ordered for the special price of $149 until November 4. Its regular selling price, however, is $169. The MG is available from the PlayMG website and Amazon.