This rugged handheld gaming console comes with notches to retain our love of pushing buttons!

A super tough handheld gaming console with a unique overlay gamepad display designed for adventure lovers who stop at nothing!

Meet the Drift Portable Gaming Console, a design set to rival the new Nintendo Switch OLED for gamers who want to balance their work-gaming balance. The rugged handheld gaming console concept designed by Shantanu Maheshwari is a refreshing take on the next-gen handheld devices. Moreover, it can handle the stress of being exposed to the elements. This design is a special solution for those who do not want to replicate standard console games and have them falling short in terms of execution and leaves them missing the tactile button feedback.

Shantanu’s solution is akin to a BlackView or Doogee smartphone to the shock-proof designs available in the market; after all, there are levels to the toughness. The console accomplishes this by incorporating a rugged case that encapsulates it when not in use and is ultra-easy to carry around in your pocket or bag.

The real screen estate of the bezeless console brings the excitement of the first iPod touch with the ever-present notch we find in the current iPhone series. It is a compromise that works in our favor as everyone knows the tactile element of the keypad buttons is an irreplaceable factor while we play. The controls also ensure that the gadget is not oversized and maintains a good screen area for a profound gaming experience.

An excellent example of that is while playing FIFA on this handheld console. While the player is heading to make a goal, the screen will overlay the penalty area and for such scenarios, there has to be a solution highlighted.

The gaming industry hit a colossal $162.32 billion in 2020, and that number will reach $295.63 billion by 2026. Furthermore, platforms like Netflix have also announced their venture into gaming specifically for the mobile experience. The high level of engagement gaming commands shows that this trend will only grow.

Such is the growth of the gaming industry that everything about it is vital in the larger scheme of things. There is even more reason for such handheld consoles, providing a distinct game-from-anywhere culture while you work at your staycation!

Designer: Shantanu Maheshwari