Qualcomm and Razer build handheld game consoles not yet available for purchase

Qualcomm today announced that it will step into the gaming space with its own handheld gaming device and work with renowned gaming peripheral company Razer to build a device with Qualcomm’s new flagship mobile chip.

The Razer Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Developer Kit is an Android OS-based handheld gaming device that runs all Android games and streams games from the cloud or console / PC. Keep in mind, however, that the Razer Snapdragon G3x is not a consumer product available for purchase, but a development kit that developers can request today. However, the consumer version may be released at a later date.

Qualcomm is focused on creating devices aimed at encouraging developers and manufacturers to expand the current foundation of mobile games. This is not surprising as the mobile game market has grown in popularity in recent years. This includes peripheral enhancements focused on mobile games such as Backbone One.

Razer Snapdragon G3x Gaming Platform-Hands-on Image

As the name implies, the device contains a Qualcomm G3x chip designed for gaming. The additional features included in the Razer Snapdragon G3x Gen1 Developer Kit are:

  • Qualcomm Adreno GPU with the ability to run games at 144 frames per second
  • 6.65 inch 120Hz OLED display with full HD + resolution
  • Built-in 5MP, 1080p60 webcam with two microphones
  • 4-way speaker
  • Tactile feedback
  • Active cooling
  • Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support, and 5G millimeter wave and sub 6 support
  • USB-C port.You can connect your handheld to an external display or use XR accessories

The announcement of such devices will take place at an interesting time for the entire handheld gaming market. In addition to the hybrid game console Nintendo Switch, companies such as Analogue and Panic have announced their own handheld game consoles, which will be released later next year. Valve aims to make PC games available on the go with Steam Deck, which will be released early next year.

For more information on Qualcomm and Razer’s new gaming handheld devices, see Hands-on Preview.

Taylor is IGN’s Associate Tech Editor. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster

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