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Qualcomm’s new G3x platform could usher in a new wave of Nintendo Switch similars

Qualcomm is increasing its investment in gaming with a new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, which manufacturers can use to make Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck-like portable gaming devices. The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is an Android-based platform designed to let you play Android games, stream games from a console or PC, or play games through mobile services. cloud games.

The basis of the platform is the new G3x chip. It has an Adreno GPU, similar to Qualcomm’s existing smartphone chips, which will let you play games at up to 144 fps. It also supports frequencies below 6Hz 5G, mmWave 5G, and Wi-Fi 6E for fast networking. If you want to connect G3x powered devices to other displays, the chip supports output to a 4K display or connection to a mixed reality headset through a USB-C port. The G3x also includes the company’s Snapdragon Sound platform, which is designed to improve audio quality when listening to music with supported wireless headphones.

To help sell his vision for what he thinks the G3x platform can do, Qualcomm has teamed up with Razer on a development kit device. (You may have seen the device before, which leaked Tuesday.) The handheld runs on the G3x chip, has a 6.65-inch OLED display that supports refresh rates of 120 Hz and a 5MP webcam on the front for gamers to live stream their faces while playing a game.

Interested developers are signing up to get the kit on Razer’s website starting Wednesday. But it’s not a Razer device, the company said. The edge. “This is not a Razer hardware announcement,” Justin Cooney, director of Razer global partnerships, said in a statement. “The Snapdragon G3x the development kit is a Qualcomm device. By working with Qualcomm in this collaborative partnership, we aim to bring more publishers and developers to the table and realize our shared vision to create the future of portable gaming.

It’s unclear when we might see actual devices from other OEMs. “We’re really focused on the developer community right now,” Qualcomm’s Micah Knapp said in a briefing with reporters. “The devices really depend on the OEM in terms of release date. “

Qualcomm has seen success with its XR platform focused on augmented reality and virtual reality – its XR2 chip powers Meta’s Quest 2 standalone VR headset. We’ll have to wait and see if the G3x ends up powering something so popular.

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