What you need to know
- Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform.
- The chipset will power Switch-like handheld gaming consoles based on Android.
- Qualcomm and Razer have collaborated on a reference device for developers to test out.
Hot off the heels of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 announcement for smartphones, Qualcomm launches its new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform as the company aims to use its mobile prowess to take handheld gaming to another level.
The new chipset will utilize some of the best of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies, such as an Adreno GPU, which will enable 144fps gaming and 10-bit HDR, with support for 4K when attached to an external monitor or TV. It will also take advantage of Snapdragon Sound for immersive audio while gaming.
Qualcomm also touts its industry-leading 5G and FastConnect 6900 with Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support for low-latency gaming, ideal for services like Xbox Game Pass. That part is important because even though the Snapdragon G3x is Android-based, Qualcomm says it will enable handheld gaming compatible with multiple platforms, letting users stream their favorite PC games, Xbox, PS5, and more.
"Razer is extremely excited to partner with Qualcomm Technologies and support them on their way to introduce new cutting-edge technology to the global gaming industry," Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan says in a statement. "Together, Qualcomm Technologies and Razer will lead the way with new and innovative solutions that push the boundaries of fidelity and quality available in portable gaming, transforming the way these games are experienced."
While the device doesn't represent an actual product from Razer, it does give developers and OEMs an idea of what Qualcomm's new Snapdragon platform is capable of.
The device features a 6.65-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a refresh rate that can reach 120Hz. On the front is a 5MP 1080p camera for livestreaming aided by 5G mmWave/sub-6 support and Wi-Fi 6E. There's also built-in controller mapping from AKSys and a quad-speaker system powered by Snapdragon Sound. It's said to feature a "large battery" so battery life shouldn't be a problem.
Micah Knapp, Qualcomm's senior director of product management, says that while mobile games generate up to $120 billion a year, there is a lack of dedicated devices outside of the best gaming smartphones.
The new Snapdragon G3x Handheld Developer Kit is available now on Razer's website. It's unclear when consumers will be able to get their hands on Snapdragon G3x devices, but Knapp says that after developers get on board, "OEMs can come in and create the gaming hardware for consumers to enjoy."
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Android gaming sucks honestly.
Everything is "freemium" or lacking controller support. I think products like these are likely to struggle due to cost.
It will be hard, if not impossible, to offer these at a price worth justifying a purchase.
$300+ and why would customers want these?
You could get a Steam deck for just a few $$ more and have a real gaming handheld.
You could use your phone and a $30 attachable controller to do the same things.
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