Project Scout is an impressive looking indie handheld

Four months after release, the Nintendo Switch is currently doing surprisingly well. Its launch day title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has cemented itself as one of the highest rated games of all time, and a plethora of indie developers have set their sights on porting games over to the console.

Despite this, the Nintendo Switch still does have its flaws and it’s far from perfect. The device doesn’t have a ton of storage, it’s not the most powerful thing and Virtual Console isn’t here yet. What if someone made a competitor to it, something more powerful yet still portable?

Chase Cobb asked himself this as he constructed his very own handheld gaming device. On YouTube, Chase uploaded a bunch videos showing his device, Project Scout, in action. The end result is actually pretty impressive not just because of all the work Chase put in, but because of the raw potential Project Scout has.

Just on a few of the videos, we can see Project Scout running games like Overwatch, Doom and Destiny 2 smoothly. This is mind-blowingly impressive for a single person, and the progress Chase has made is commendable. The device is already in its second incarnation, and it seems like it’ll only get more interesting.

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Of course, it’s not a device to rival something like the Nintendo Switch, it’s more of a competitor to the GPD Win. The original device was merely built as hardware development test, and eventually evolved into the portable gaming PC Chase always wanted. The device even has a battery pack and touchscreen now.

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As of right now, Project Scout features the ability to stream games both on Steam and Xbox One, and play games natively via the device’s 250GB internal SSD. As we’ve already pointed out, the device can smoothly play a decent amount of games, despite its modest specs. The latest video even shows it working with a Thunderbolt 3 dock, opening a whole new realm of possibilities.

All in all, we’re extremely impressed with Chase’s work on Project Scout and hope he continues to develop the product. When asked about the possibility of Project Scout going on sale, Chase responded to these questions by saying Kickstarter isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

What do you think of Project Scout? Would you support Chase on Kickstarter should he decide to go that route? We here at Gizchina will be keeping a close lookout for news on the Project. To keep yourself up-to-date on Project Scout, be sure to subscribe to Chase Cobb on YouTube!

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