Five months after Valve announced the Steam Deck, a new challenger enters the handheld console industry. Qualcomm collaborated with gaming hardware firm Razer to produce the Snapdragon G3x, a streamer-friendly platform that can play games on PC, mobile, consoles, and the cloud.
Further details about how the streaming element will function haven't been reported since the hardware is still heavily in the development phase.
The Snapdragon device will contain a camera and two mics, a feature designed to suit players who want to stream their games. The Steam Deck has a microphone for multiplayer but not a camera. The Snapdragon can run games at up to 144 FPS, while the Steam Deck stores AAA games at 60 FPS on medium settings.
According to Nintendo Life, the Snapdragon G3x isn't out for consumers just yet. Although the platform is intended to stream games from other devices, Qualcomm said it's seeking for developers to create content for the platform. senior product director Micah Knapp stated that Qualcomm has the expertise to reduce throttling and overheating on handheld devices.
Qualcomm chips are available in nearly all major Android devices, so mobile gaming performance is becoming increasingly resource-intensive. Overheating is a significant issue for mobile gamers wanting to play titles like Call of Duty or Fortnite.
While PC and mobile may appear odd, it makes perfectly sense in the current gaming world. Mobile games such as PUBG and Minecraft are available on mobile, and mobile games such as Genshin Impact and Among Us have PC ports, and the line between PC games and mobile games is wearing thin.
The Snapdragon G3x announcement is a logical next step for a mobile hardware developer in the world's most profitable sector of entertainment, especially mobile, which accounts for over half of the gaming revenue, but they don't appear to be rushing for a public release in the near future.
Gamers follow content, Knapp stated, adding. Manufacturers may come in and produce the gaming hardware for consumers to enjoy once the pipeline is complete.