Items tagged with handheld gaming

As handheld PC game consoles grow in popularity, so too does the number of storage options in the M.2 2230 form factor that many of them use, including Valve's Steam Deck, Lenovo's Legion Go, MSI's Claw, and the ASUS ROG Ally. Interestingly enough, the fastest M.2 2230 SSD we've seen to date comes from a brand that's... Read more...
ASUS recently teased a refresh of its ROG Ally console that will come with some key upgrades, including more memory, though it won't be an overhaul to such an extent that it will qualify as a second-generation ROG Ally 2. Instead, the ROG Ally X will focus on tweaks based on customer feedback. While we wait for a full... Read more...
It's barely been three weeks since MSI dished out a BIOS update for its Claw handheld game console with claims of boosting gaming performance by up to a whopping 150%. Not resting on its laurels, there's yet another BIOS update available, this time with a more modest (yet still significant) performance gain of up to... Read more...
There have been several recent reports claiming that MediaTek and NVIDIA are in cahoots on designing an AI superchip that could rival Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite hardware. That in and of itself is interesting, but there could be more to the collaboration. Specifically, there's a rumor floating around that MediaTek... Read more...
Gaming handhelds that breach into the world of PC gaming have been all of the rage the last few years after the release of Valve's Steam Deck. While handheld consoles such as the Nintendo Switch have been ultra-popular, its walled garden ecosystem keeps many titles out of reach.  ASUS joined the fray with its... Read more...
The Steam Deck has endeared fans the world over with its uncanny ability to power through demanding PC games in a competent and portable fashion. Part of this capability stems from the excellent support on the software side that Valve has consistently shown towards the Steam Deck.  The latest preview update, SteamOS... Read more...
Exactly how hot is the modern handheld gaming market that Nintendo and later Valve helped popularize? So hot that manufacturers are releasing iterative upgrades in between major new handheld console launches. We saw it with the Switch (Switch OLED) and Steam Deck (Steam Deck OLED), and now ASUS has announced plans to... Read more...
It could be close to a year before Nintendo gets around to unveiling the Switch 2 or Switch Pro, or whatever its next-gen console ends up being called. All we know for sure is that Nintendo "will make an announcement about the successor to Nintendo Switch within this fiscal year," which for Nintendo ends in March... Read more...
Video game handhelds are experiencing a renaissance period like never before, with a myriad of devices released during the last several years. Ayaneo is one such company that is producing these devices at a breakneck pace, and now it is adding to the accessories mix.  The Ayaneo AG01 Graphics Starship external GPU... Read more...
At this point, the handheld gaming market is more mature than it was when Valve introduced its Steam Deck a couple of years ago. It's a more competitive landscape now than it was in early 2022, and as we know, competition breeds better pricing for consumers. This is on display with several handheld gaming consoles... Read more...
Lenovo Legion Go (starts at $699, as tested $749) Lenovo's entry into the handheld PC gaming device space has great performance for its size, solid battery life, and a beautiful display.  Beautiful, high-resolution screen Comfortable controllers Good performance for a handheld PC Low-power battery life, including streaming, is great Innovative... Read more...
If Valve is sweating the increased competition in the handheld PC gaming space that it played a huge role in popularizing with the Steam Deck, the company isn't showing it. And if taking Valve at its word, it welcomes all newcomers to the space with open arms. This is made evident in a blog post titled, "Steam Annual... Read more...
If you're reading HotHardware, there's a solid chance that you recall a time when device makers were going completely insane with the designs of their hardware. Just about everything now is a very boring slab or block with inoffensively-rounded corners and a neutral color scheme, but around the turn of the millennium... Read more...
One of the most common criticisms of Valve's generally-excellent Steam Deck is that the screen is a bit lack-luster.. While response times are good, it is a basic IPS LCD with characteristically-weak contrast ratio and mediocre color saturation. The Nintendo Switch's original display wasn't super-great either, so what... Read more...
Sony announced its PlayStation Explore wireless earbuds, PlayStation Elite wireless headset, PlayStation Link USB adapter, and its highly anticipated PlayStation Portal remote player. All the new devices will be launched in time for the upcoming Christmas shopping season. While Microsoft may have acquired... Read more...
Spotted by sleuths at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair this past weekend, footage of what is likely the most interesting product showcased at the fair has come to light. Laptop OEM Emdoor is getting ready to launch its first gaming-focused product, and that's an 8" gaming handheld that you'll see pictured throughout... Read more...
It took a little while, but the cheaper variant of the ASUS ROG Ally outfitted with a non-Extreme version of the Ryzen Z1 SoC is now available and it costs $100 less than the Ryzen Z1 Extreme model we reviewed in June. The arrival of the less expensive SKU comes in the midst of another Steam Deck sale, though, in... Read more...
Lenovo has officially unwrapped the Legion Go handheld gaming PC and Legion Glasses at IFA 2023 in Berlin. The Legion Go handheld has been extensively leaked in the runup to the official event, but it is nevertheless good to see the official specs, and the reveal of one or two surprising features which the leakers... Read more...
With the huge growth trajectory mobile gaming is on, Qualcomm is aiming to stake a beachhead in the burgeoning handheld gaming console space, with a new, diverse portfolio of dedicated handheld gaming SoCs and mobile platforms, collectively called the Snapdragon G-series, with support for mixed reality hardware and... Read more...
There are reports that Lenovo is about to apply its significant resources to the handheld gaming PC market. Apparently, the ThinkPad maker has been quietly preparing a new AMD Phoenix processor-packing handheld to battle entrenched rivals from Valve (Steam Deck) and ASUS (ROG Ally). Right now, details about the... Read more...
Another day, another challenger to the handheld gaming console crown. Ayaneo's new Kun offers a few things the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally lack. Hong Kong-based Ayaneo just announced its most powerful and feature-packed Windows handheld console yet. Called Kun after a mythical fish than can transform into a bird... Read more...
Hong Kong based handheld PC specialist GPD has announced a 2023 update to its Win 4 gaming device. The new GPD Win 4 (2023) comes with a choice of AMD Ryzen 7840U or 7640U processor, up to 64GB of LPDDR5X-7500 RAM, and up to 4TB of PCIe Gen4 SSD storage. These stats all represent generational or capacity improvements... Read more...
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