Qualcomm, a company that has gained massive popularity for its processors, also can venture into the gaming market. However, to expand there, it only needs one thing - 5G. Now that 5G is becoming a forgone conclusion for every device, Qualcomm has produced a new mobile gaming console while unveiling new Windows PC chips.
Qualcomm recently collaborated with Razer to develop the new G3x Handheld Developer Kit. The startup has presented selfie-driven live streaming of games over the G3x's 5G connection and 1080p webcam, a tremendous advancement for the Video Game Console Market. It also supports metaverse gaming by connecting headsets to the device's USB-C connection. Streamed gadgets will support Sony PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Android games.
Qualcomm's new G3x handheld gaming gadget appears to be a cross between Sony's now-dysfunctional PlayStation Portable and Nvidia's Shield portable gaming console at first glance. It has a screen in the middle and game controls on the sides that protrude downwards.
However, from the inside, the new gadget has futuristic features such as Wi-Fi 6E, 120Hz OLED screen, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C connection for peripherals, a 6000mAh battery, and a 1080p webcam. The USB-C out port can also be used to connect the device to a 4K display for gaming.
The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform underpins it. The processor has an Adreno GPU capable of 144 frames per second and a CPU based on Qualcomm's Kryo architecture, which is also used in smartphone chips.
A 5G millimetre-wave version of the handheld is also available, which can be used to broadcast games through a centre-mounted camera. It also has room for a cooling fan, which isn't something one would expect to find on an Arm chip.
In addition, the device also comes with thermal and processing headroom. This enables the device to run and capture the game and the video. Further, all of these can also be combined and set to cloud, generally for the benefit of mobile live streamers.
To tempt users, Qualcomm is promoting 5G connectivity and more excellent battery life as the focal point of its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 CPUs. At present, Windows laptop customers are predominantly x86 loyalists, and ARM-based CPUs have yet to gain traction, owing to poor program performance and developer support.
The new CPUs aren't designed for power users of Windows. It's more for individuals who want to use 5G speeds, high-definition video, and on-chip noise and echo reduction in mobile-type applications like video conferencing.
The device, wisely, will not compete with the Nintendo Switch on the general market, instead allowing developers to unleash their wildest mobile gaming ideas. With new ARM-based 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 chips for PCs, Qualcomm is making a further attempt to break into the Windows 11 market.
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