$69 Pocket Chip DIY computer has 3D acceleration to run Quake III

The $69 Pocket C.H.I.P. computer has gotten a software update that enables 3D acceleration on the ARM-based device. Now it can run games such as Quake III.

The updated software and device are now available for holiday gift purchases. The Pocket Chip (spelled Pocket C.H.I.P. by the company) and its sister product Chip are targeted at that Maker community, or do-it-yourself hardware enthusiasts who like to tinker.

Next Thing Co. has released an alpha image for the Pocket Chip device that features a new Mali-400 3D acceleration driver.

A year ago, Next Thing Co. launched a $9 computer, dubbed Chip. It has a 1-gigahertz ARM processor, 512-megabytes of main memory, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and battery. That device has sold more than 100,000 units.

“There’s pretty cool stuff happening in the community,” Rauchwerk said, in an interview with GamesBeat. “I have seen the craziest things you’ve every seen, like a $25 VR haptic glove.”

Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., holds a $9 CHIP computer.

Above: Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., holds a $9 CHIP computer.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

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