If you are a gamer, you must be well aware of the name Atari. The pioneer US based company is one of those gaming console makers that bring the video games to our living rooms. As the technology is getting advanced, portable and high-end gaming devices are becoming more popular. To keep up with the progress, the arrival of a smartwatch exclusive for gamers was bound to happen. Gameband, which is allegedly the first smartwatch for gamers. Gameband has finally made its debut on the Kickstarter in association with Atari. The smartwatch will be available in three different color variants that include a simple one clad in black, Atari’s Signature Red and the last one involving Terraria.
The access to different games will depend on the model you choose. The Atari red version and standard black version of the Gameband will offer access to five most popular classic games. These games are Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, and Crystal Castles. The difference in these two variants is only the Red Casing and the strap with Atari logo. Other than that, these two variants are completely same. The third variant will also include an exclusive mini-game version of the very popular indie title Terraria.
Features and specifications
The smartwatch comes with a 1.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. The screen resolution of the display is 320 x 320 pixels. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. The smartwatch comes with 512 MB RAM along with 4 GB internal storage. You have an option to increase the storage capacity by using a microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the smartwatch offers features like dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.2.
The Gameband can connect to PC via USB Type-C port. This port is also used for the charging. The smartwatch packs a 400mAh battery. It also comes with different sensors like three-axis accelerometer, gyro and light sensors to improve the gaming experience.
Play Games on Computer
When you connect your smartwatch with the computer, you have to rely on the Gameband’s own gaming software known as PixelFurnace. This software works very much similar to iTunes. By connecting the Gameband to your computer, you can play the games directly on the big screen rather than play them on the small screen.
Instead of running on the latest Android Wear 2.0 version, the smartwatch runs on a customized version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The company is also promoting a bunch of preloaded apps. These apps include a dialer, contacts, calendar, weather app, alarm, music player and Alexa control.
Many options available
There are many options to back the project on Kickstarter. Starting from USD 10, the company is only offering smartwatch at minimum backing of USD 149. If you back the project with USD 149, you will get and early bird edition of Gameband Terriria or another variant which you can choose while pledging for the project. With USD 179 pledge you will get a special edition Gameband exclusively for Kickstarter backers. There are many other options available which you can choose on the Gameband’s Kickstarter page.