Buddah Tek Rover 1 Hands On: The future of portable gaming?

Portability has never been a big selling point of the Xbox One and PS4, however, those days could be over pretty soon with the Rover 1 portable gaming unit. Buddah Tek, founded by music producer Venus Brown, will shortly be releasing the Rover 1, a portable unit compatible with all forms of current-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. We were invited to the Selfridges Smartech activation event in London to check it out. 

Portability 

Inspired by the struggles of being a gamer regularly on the move, the Rover 1 presents a portable solution to playing games on the go, but is it any good?

The unit itself is surprisingly compact given the technology involved, and it’s a simple case of plugging your console into the unit, powering it in and flipping up the screen. It’s small enough that using it on a plane, train or in the back of a car is entirely possible, as long as you have access to a power socket. 

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The Rover 1 out and about (Image credit: Buddah Tek)

The Rover 1 can be bundled with the R1 Messenger Bag, a sturdy, well-made bag with space for the Rover 1, a console and controllers, with a bit of room left over. The bag itself is resistant, so if you find yourself caught in the rain, you needn’t worry (there’s also a waterproof jacket for it if you find yourself in a huge downpour). 

The R1 Messenger bag

Luxury Quality 

Marketed as a luxury gaming accessory, the Rover 1 and Messenger bag are well-built products. As you can probably imagine, then, they don’t come cheap. Bundled together the pair are available for pre-order for £449. The bag itself is made from vegan leather and certainly feels like a luxury product, and it’s reinforced too so you can feel confident in the safety of your console.

The Rover itself looks sturdy and when flipped up the screen remains in place with no wobble (although we haven’t tried it on the move). The consoles themselves seem to fit snugly into the Rover and while easy to remove, aren’t going to be sliding out when you’re on the go.

Technology

PS4 Slim in the Rover 1

The Rover runs on the same power source as the console it’s connected to, meaning that you only need to plug in the unit as a whole, rather than carrying around multiple different cables. In total there are 3 cables required: the power cable, HDMI lead and the USB connector between the console and the Rover, all these come with the unit.

Cables at the back of the Rover 1

The screen is a 13.3” 1080p display, it might take a minute to get used to if you’re used to playing something bigger, but after that, it’s a solid display. Viewing angles are good as well, with the screen being glare-free you can sit around it with a few friends and not feel like your view is compromised. The built-in speakers are strong too, as you’d expect from a company founded by a world-renowned music producer. 

The Rover 1 display (Image credit: Buddah Tek)

The Rover itself can be plugged straight into a TV as well, so if you’re at home, in a hotel or at a friend’s house, you don’t even need to take your console out of the Rover to get going. You might have questions over the ventilation of your console inside the unit – don’t worry as there are ventilation ports along the sides and around the back of the unit to prevent any overheating. We’re told future models have been planned with built-in cooling technology as well. 

Ventilation ports on the side of the unit

Availability 

As mentioned previously, the Rover 1 is a luxury gaming accessory, so it’s not aimed at the general audience. That’s not to say it should be difficult to find one though; it’s currently available for pre-order at London’s Selfridge’s, or on the Buddah Tek store.

Specs for Rover 1

  • TSA approved chassis, fitting Xbox One X & S, PS4 Pro & Slim.
  • 13.3″ FHD, 1080p, 60 Hz, anti-glare display
  • HDMI in and out
  • 3-watt cylinder sub wolfer speakers
  • Dual 3.5mm headphone jacks
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Rover 1 Messenger bag features

  • Luxury Monogram Elite coated canvas
  • Comfortable padded adjustable shoulder strap
  • Dual controller storage straps fit all PlayStation & Xbox types
  • Luggage trolley strap with passport pocket
  • Waterproof zipper design for weather resistance
  • Large cable and accessories storage pocket
  • Strong reinforced double stitching for maximum durability
  • Custom designed to carry the Rover 1
  • Console compartment with Velcro fastener
  • Will accommodate most console types

Rover 1 – Is it any good?

There’s no question the Rover 1 is an impressive, albeit an expensive bit of kit. If you’re the kind of person who spends a lot of time on the move and doesn’t want to miss out on playing the latest games, then it might just be worth the investment. It’s easy to carry around, small enough to play on the move and well built. It might be a luxury product, but if that’s what you’re in the market for you get what you pay for, quality.

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