The second day of Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon technology summit brought the announcement of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform. It targets gaming devices such as handheld consoles, allowing games on Android to be played and streamed to large 4K 144 Hz screens or played via cloud services.
The platform is built on Kryo cores and the Adreno graphics subsystem, allowing playing games at 144 FPS. The platform supports Wi-Fi 6, 6E and 5G with a frequency of less than 6 GHz and mmWave for higher speeds. It is also equipped with Snapdragon Sound technology to improve the sound quality.
The first developer kit for Snapdragon G3x portable gaming devices was created in collaboration with Razer. In addition to the new Gen 1 platform, the kit includes a 6.65-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 5-megapixel front camera that allows live broadcasting games. There are also two microphones and a 6000 mAh battery.
At the moment, there is no information about which companies have shown interest in Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 and are ready to release their devices with it. Qualcomm stated that it is focused on working with developers, and the launch of devices is a personal matter of OEMs.
However, it is too early to draw any conclusions or make assumptions. Yet, there is clearly a trend towards the transition of gaming to a more compact and portable version. It is unlikely that a new device from Qualcomm will be able to compete with the upcoming Steam Deck from Valve and even more so Nintendo Switch.
In addition, the painful experience of experimenting with the launch of game consoles on the Android OS is still out there. It is enough just to remember the OUYA. Haven’t heard anything about it for a long time? We too.