It’s been about 9 months since the folks behind GAEMS portable gaming case went radio silent. However, it would appear that during that time they’ve been hard at work refining the case and are now set to deliver a refined product that resembles the spit and polish that we generally see from larger companies.
So what’s changed since the first inception? First off the form factor, as you can see, is slicker and now includes enough room to store 2 controllers, 4 games and a console’s power supply – no more backpacks. They’ve also designed the GAEMS case to accommodate not only the old Xbox 360, but the newer, slimmer 360 or PS3 slim – sorry, doesn’t look like there is any official support for the Nintendo Wii. To be absolutely clear, only one console can fit at a time and we’re told that more can be stored in the ways of controllers or peripherals when the PS3 Slim is in place.
Now, let’s not over look what made this case so attractive from the start, which is the built-in 15.5-inch LED HD display, which has now been beefed up to satisfy even the most discerning of gamers, at least according to the founder. They’ve also sourced the manufacturer behind Harmon Kardon to build the case’s speaker system, though they still suggest that headphones will produce the best audio playback and we’d have to agree given the form factor and nature of the product.
According to GAEMS, there are no overheating issues, even after countless hours of testing with any system. Last June many users cried foul at the cord issue. Yes, you’ll still need two AC outlets; one to accommodate the console and one to power the LCD, something that is beyond their control since Microsoft requires this setup for warranty purposes. But, they are including a proprietary HDMI cord that plays nicely with the case’s form factor and allows you to leave your console plugged in even while traveling, although the founder tells me this might get you stopped by TSA screeners since they’ll wanna know what all that wiring is for.
In terms of the actual case it’s made of Polypropylene, uses ABS plastic clips to stay closed and includes slots for TSA approved locks. The handle is rubberized to help maximize grip and yes it meets carry-on luggage specs. Inside the case is a set of straps and EVA foam custom-fit protective liners to keep your console snug and free from damage, and won’t interfere in the cooling process in any way.
Interested? The GAEMS case will go on sale June 9th, 2011 for $299.99. But, for those of you who are willing to commit right now can preregister and receive the case early or the day of for $279.99.
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."