PWNAGE Li

A completely open platform designed for gamers, by gamers is coming

The folks behind the PWNAGE Project are working on a completely open and unrestricted Android gaming device, and they are convinced that it will be the next big thing. We've seen these kinds of devices before — some good, some not as good — and agree that there is an untapped market out there, just waiting for the right party to come along and take control of it. The folks at the PWNAGE Project think they can do so not with killer specs, but with an open model and an all-new ecosystem.

The PWNAGE Li, pictured above, isn't going to blow anyone away with it's internals. There's a RockChip quad-core A9 in there, coupled with a Mali400 GPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Enough to deliver respectable performance with the right software, but nothing that will make hardcore hardware-geeks drool. But what it lacks in hardware it makes up for with the company's policies. Every PWNAGE Li ships rooted. Every PWNAGE Li uses free and open-source software. Every unit is boot loader unlockable. That's great news for some of us, but they take it one step further — the warranty stays intact if you use any of these freedoms, and they even will offer a free utility to restore everything back to stock. These folks seem to understand that what you pay for is actually yours. 

On the software front, the Li will feature a custom "stock" Android ROM built by some of the RockChip pros at FreakTab.com. While you can use only the free and open-source software, including the PWNAGE MarketPlace Community site, users will also have access to Google Play if they want it. The PWNAGE MarketPlace will offer games, apps and mods (both free and paid) like you would expect, but to make things a bit more gamer-friendly they also say they will offer things like profiles and mini-sites for members, guilds, clans and developers complete with a communication system that includes chat, VOIP and video. 

It sounds pretty damn cool. We're paying close attention to this one, and we'll keep you up to date as things develop. For more information, visit the source link.

Source: The PWNAGE Project

 
There are 26 comments

jonathan3579 says:

This is an interesting proposition.

return_0 says:

The question is... does it pwn?

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Jay Holm says:

Of course it has a name no one knows how to pronounce, just like "Oouya" or whatever.

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return_0 says:

What? How is it hard to pronounce? Pown-aj-li.

NoNexus says:

Lol wrong as usual. Look up Internet slang and get back to us

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MERCDROID says:

I just looked it up, and the associated images are absolutely f***in hilarious.

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MERCDROID says:

Can you say that 10 times fast? I can't; every time I say it, I fall out laughing.

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shoii says:

I can't take that name seriously

MERCDROID says:

I can't say I blame you lol

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worknman says:

Bootloader unlocked, and the freedom to do what you want with it. What, you mean a gadget I actually own? Who woulda thunk it.

Essentially how every device on the market should come right out of the box.

MERCDROID says:

So. Much. This.

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sk3litor says:

For us non gamers could someone explain the Benefit of a gaming system that's rooted and unlockable? I dont really get it. I mean we are just talking about video games here right?

It's just an Android tablet with a gamepad. Good for games, and whatever else you want to do with it that it can do.

NoNexus says:

Great marketing but when it comes up against the big titles out there it will fold like everything else

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MERCDROID says:

I agree with you, but I really hope we're both wrong.

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NoNexus says:

So do I

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Hand_O_Death says:

I am interested in this much more than I was the oouya, they just need to change that stupid name. Cute for internal codenamed, dumb for anything that you really want to sell.

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intrepid359 says:

I'd love to see what the Rockchip RK3188 can actually do. It's supposed to be more powerful than most of the options on the market today. I just haven't seen it properly optimized yet in actual use. Hopefully my new FNF iFive X2 is better than the Pipo M7pro that I'm returning.

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It's probably on par or slightly better than the Exynos 4 Quad from the GSIII/Note II.

TomW093 says:

I'm throwing money at my screen but nothing is happening :(

MERCDROID says:

My screen stopped taking money awhile ago... Worst. Day. Evar. =(

TomW093 says:

On a serious note, did they not mention a price or did I miss it?

MERCDROID says:

There is neither a price listed, in Jerry's article, nor in the source link.

It sound cool but time will tell

Gearu says:

*sigh*

retsaw says:

What makes this more interesting than the other Android gaming tablets? I suppose there is at least more likelihood of updated ROMs.

A 7" screen is too big for my taste, it makes it uncomfortable to pocket and if I need a bag to take it with me I might as well use my Nexus 7 and a PS3 controller. Also I have a GCW Zero on the way, which will do me for portable gaming, although it is more limited it is based on standard Linux which appeals to me.

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