Play Video Games On Your ASUS Eee PC

The “Eee” in ASUS Eee PC stands for “Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play”. When these sub-notebooks hit the market, playing video games on them really was not the intended purpose. These inexpensive and small laptops were designed to provide consumers with an affordable way to access the internet and have a functional computer with a small price tag.

Currently, there are rumors that a new model will be released after an announcement at next week’s CES. Numerous PC games work on the Eee and there are reports that most emulators such as PS2 emulators work fine on the computer as well. The above video shows a gamer playing GTA: Vice City on the sub-notebook. With a price range of $200-$400, the Eee is really an affordable way to play PC games on the go.

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29 Comments on Play Video Games On Your ASUS Eee PC

Norbit

On January 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I really dont understand the point of these things. In the UK they are £200 for this;

7″ Display
512mb RAM
2GB Storage
900hz CPU

While at Dell you can buy this for the same money;

15.4″ Display
1gb RAM
80GB Storage
AMD Dual Core CPU

And the Dell laptop comes with Windows not Linux.

cham

On January 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Some people prefer a laptop loaded with Linux. I’m a Linux user but I still play copious amounts of Steam games and Unreal Tournament 2004 with my friends. Besides, the EEE pc is so freaking tiny compared to my huge brick of a Dell.

Norbit

On January 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm

@ cham

If they want to use Linux they can just wipe Windows and install Linux on it for free or simply make it dual boot. The point I was making is that the Dell is far higher spec and comes with an operating system that actually costs something.

ktchong

On January 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

It’s a fad. The EEE is selling like hotcakes right now.

cham

On January 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm

@ Norbit

Maybe some people don’t want to purchase/support an OS they don’t use? Plus, if it comes with Linux, the parts are likely open spec and have good drivers.

Norbit

On January 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm

@ Cham

Whatever way you look at it this PC is overpriced for what it is. That’s just plain simple fact especially seeing as it comes with a free OS.

Daniel R

On January 5, 2008 at 6:23 pm

@Norbit:

For me, it comes down to size. An 7″ OQO or a Sony UX, which is far more powerful and comes with WindowsXP is priced around $1,500 to $2,500.

I bought the eee because I wanted something really small for writing emails, browsing etc. For that same $400, I could have easily got an older 12″ iBook or Powerbook, or even a Fujitsu touch-screen tablet. But it comes down to the size for me, 12″ is nice – but not small enough for my needs.

Daniel

anon

On January 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm

what what you’re saying is….. don’t kid yourself…..

size matters ;)

SpankMeister

On January 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Absolutely! For just $100 more than the EEEPC, you can buy a laptop with Vista Basic, running a Celeron M, with 512 MB RAM, and a 15.1 inch screen! It only weighs 3.5 times what the EEEPC does. And it’s 4-cell battery last ALMOST a whole hour, or 1/3 of what the EEEPC does. And with this little gem, you can:

Surf the internet
Watch Youtube
Do word processing
Work on a spreadhseet
Make a presentation

Can’t do ANY of those things on the EEEPC! Well, other than

Surf the internet
Watch Youtube
Do word processing
Work on a spreadhseet
Make a presentation

LOL. I have 2 full-sized laptops personally, a $2000 thinkpad from work and the EEEPC. I’d give every one of them up before I’d give up my EEEPC. In a flash.

oldhand

On January 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

SpankMeister has got it right.

I almost bought one when they first came out but I am waiting for the next version with a 8.9 inch screen (1024×600) just because it’ll be more suitable for surfing the web. The whole point of Eee PC is that you don’t have to lug around a heavy bulky laptop to do most of what you want. I don’t care how cheap the budget standard laptops are. Once you carry one of them around for a while, you’ll be longing for that sweet little Eee PC with its minimal specs. I have been waiting for a budget price UMPC like this for years. To put it in a nutshell. It gets the job done. It’s not going to require you refinance your mortgage and it won’t break your back carrying it around.

Adam

On January 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I’m with Spankmeister too. I’m writing this on an Eee 4G. It boots really fast, and I can put mine in my coat pocket! The whole kit weighs lesss than my first laptop’s battery. Maybe not a big deal if the furthest you ever walk is to your car, but I hate carrying full size laptops around on foot, so I don’t. As for price, it’s also as much as a PDA but has a usable keyboard and it does more. It’s not a desktop replacement but it’s a great addition to it.

The full size notebooks at the same price are a pretty low spec (I looked and hmmed over it for a while), and coming with Vista basic and barely enough RAM to run it is not a plus IMO… well I do want to try Vista but I bet I’d have Ubuntu or XP on there within a week…

William

On January 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Ubuntu is actually a great OS to use.

Norbit

On January 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Fair enough, there are obviously some people this appeals to but for the same money I would rather have either a full sized higher spec notebook or a PDA.

Custom PC have just reviewed it in their latest edition. I scanned the article if anyone wants to read it;

http://i5.tinypic.com/6ljvypz.jpg

josh

On January 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

for it size it has alot of power

512 ram
4gb hard drive
webcam
internet

i think its not bad value

Sin

On January 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I just have to say something to those nay sayers. The point of the EEE PC is not to have a small high powered mobile computer. It’s about mobility and utility. Someone else out there had something to the effect of “There are three things to look for in a computer, power, speed and size. You only get to pick two.” I personally own two PDA phones, a desktop, a PSP & DS, and an EEE PC. All of which serve different purposes. I travel a lot, my job requires it, I have enough to lug around airport to airport. So I finally cut it down to just the psp, 2 PDA, work laptop and the EEE PC. All fitting in the same slim case. On a seperate note, this little guy is perfect for tweakers, modders, and hackers. It’s easy to open and mod. And what advanced user doesn’t like a system designed around linux?

Dmn

On February 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm

The other difference no one has touched on yet here is that it provides the ability to actually type (touch type even) which a PDA, OQO, etc. doesn’t in a small package.

I personally use mine for working on my writings on the go. The fact that it can do other things is just icing on the cake. At ~$350 there are no laptops close to it. The closest competitor in a more traditional laptop would be the Everex SR7200T. The Cloudbook is just out IMO due to bad design and functionality. But you give me a 8.9″ screen with a better res and I’m snapping up another EEE in a heartbeat… or if Apple could understand *thin* isn’t as important as small like the 12″ Powerbooks were.

Tim Liebe

On February 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I just got the 4G version (w/out Webcam) for $349.99 through Amazon for the reasons Sin and Dmn have mentioned: It’s small enough to use comfortably on airplanes or carry with me on short trips where I don’t NEED a bigass laptop. I agree that the 7″ screen, 480×800 hard resolution and tiny keyboard takes getting used to, but its bigger than my old Treo or my iTouch without being huge.

Dmn, the REAL pity about Apple isn’t (so much) “thin vs. small” with the MacBook Air – it’s the price. For what I’d use a MacBook Air (or EEE PC) for given both’s limitations, $1,800 is far too expensive – unless you’re some nouveau riche type like Jason Calicanis who’s just got to show off! Sure the Air’s a lot more powerful – and so what? I don’t NEED a Core 2 Duo Penryn processor to read and write e-mail, surf the Web or knock off a quick memo – or even watch a movie I ripped on the plane since neither’s got a DVD drive.

Nikki

On May 23, 2008 at 4:41 am

I don’t know alot about the inner workings of my eeepc. However I can tell you that it is brilliant when working with special needs students. So good if fact that three of my co-workers have just purchased their very own. We can carry these from class to class, store all the students work on them and best of all for some of our high functioning students it levels the playing field so to speak. Best buy yet.

MB

On May 26, 2008 at 11:20 pm

I’ll agree with the rest of the Eee advocates here. As with any choice of a personal computer, it’s not so much a matter of raw specs as it is a matter of finding the right balance of capabilities, size, weight, and price for a particular user’s needs. The advantage of the Eee is that it provides more portability than a standard laptop, and much more power and usability than, say, a PDA, for a relatively low price. You can certainly spend another $100-$300 and snap up, say, an older standard laptop, or a newer low-end laptop, and possibly have more power for the money–but what makes the Eee work for me is that it gives me full PC usability (in terms of basic tasks like web surfing, email, word processing, etc.), in a package that’s closer to the size and price of a PDA. For someone who’s most important value is getting the best specs for the price, the Eee obviously wouldn’t be the best choice. But for many of us, raw computing power isn’t as important an issue.

Harlin

On June 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

This notebook has single handedly revolutionised portable pc’s and opened a whole new catagory of laptop/notebook/palmtops. It finally represents good consumer value and due to its popularity may finally offer some real competition to Microsoft operating systems. Hopefully it can show the world we don’t need MS because there ARE viable alternatives out there- all in all i’d say it was a 100% success.

Martin

On June 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

have one – now selling my laptop – nuff said

Ashok Menon

On July 14, 2008 at 12:28 am

I myself have a high end desktop pc, a PDA, a PSP, an iPod Touch and an EEE PC. And, out of all of these, I find my EEE the most practical device. It boots up faster than my PSP, PC and iPod (while running Windows XP Pro). It has a fully functional office suite, unlike my iPod Touch or PDA (or PSP). And it is very portable, unlike my desktop pc. Not to mention that it can play PS2 emulators, music and videos with ease. My EEE PC is all my devices in one.

Lu

On August 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I never had a laptop before and had always been a power desktop user (for games mainly). But I actually went and spent quite some money on an EEE PC 901 Linux (but formatted it and installed Windows XP). The cute size is just a dream-come-true for me!!! :razz: :razz:

max smart

On August 19, 2008 at 8:27 am

I recently purchased an Eee pc via newegg.com and i could not be happier with the results. It’s small and just over 2 lbs. Easy to carry around, fast wi fi connection, great office programs and only 300 dollars. its a much better buy than a new phone or pda. as an advanced user, you can easily hack and alter the linux OS, and even if youre new to hacking, you can find instructions online that will allow you to change anything on it to fit your needs.

Nosferatunness

On September 2, 2008 at 11:32 am

Hi there, I bought an Eee PC recently, for nearly 250€. I knew there were more potent budget laptops for almost the same price and yet I would never had got one of those. It’s not only about weight but also discretion. I want the Eee PC to carry it to my work (where I spent a lot of time on my own so I can do a lot of college work there) and also university. The keyboard is truly comfortable – unlike most PDA – and the screen is fantastic. The Eee PC is not flashy – this is important, I know a few people who got their laptops stolen – and I can carry it about anywhere without any problem. It’s a work tool, that also can be used for playing a few games and music. Maybe it is not as potent as other laptops but why to pay for features you are not interested in, for a laptop, and which make it heavier

gazza

On October 10, 2008 at 5:40 am

i am just about to order a EEE i think its really cool shows alot promise and look forward to seeing the higher spec versions coming soon :mrgreen:

max

On October 28, 2008 at 10:12 am

yall a buch a douche nozelz

hobbitkiller

On November 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm

OMG i love my Eee sooo much, it was well worth the £150-210!!! it smaller than a bible for christ sake, better than somthing twice the power but requires its own carrier bag and power brick. :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

Jay

On June 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

I love the EEE pc!
I have the 8.9 inch screen one, and it’s cool because I can play so many awesome games on it.

a lot of people think the eee pc isn’t good for games, but I think it’s good enough for a child like me.
:)