Qualcomm is ramping up its investment in gaming with today's launch of The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, which manufacturers can use to create handheld gaming terminals similar to nintendo's Switch or Steam Deck, The Verge reports. The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is an Android-based platform designed to let you play Android games, stream them from a console or PC, or play them through a cloud gaming service.The platform is based on the new G3x chip.
▲ Snapdragon G3x Handheld game development kit
The platform is based on 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 144fps. It also supports sub-6Hz 5G, millimeter-wave 5G and Wi-Fi 6E for fast networking. If you want to connect a G3x powered device to another screen, the chip supports output to a 4K display or connects to a MR headset via a USB-C port. The G3x also includes the company's Snapdragon Sound platform, which is designed to improve audio quality when you listen to music with supported wireless headphones.
Qualcomm has partnered with Razer to launch a development kit device, IT Home has learned. The handheld device runs on the G3x chip, has a 6.65-inch OLED screen, supports a 120Hz refresh rate, and has a 5-megapixel webcam on the front so players can live stream while playing games.
Interested developers began signing up for the developer suite through the Razer website on Wednesday. But this is not a Razer device. "This is not a Razer hardware announcement," Justin Cooney, Razer's director of global partnerships, said in a statement. The Snapdragon G3x Developer Kit is a Qualcomm device. "Through our partnership with Qualcomm, our goal is to bring more publishers and developers on board to fulfill our shared vision of creating portable gaming of the future."
It's unclear when we might see actual equipment from other Oems. "We're really focused on the developer community right now," Qualcomm's Micah Knapp said in a briefing. The equipment really depends on the Oems and when they can ship it."
Qualcomm has seen success with its AR/ VR-focused XR platform -- its XR2 chip powers Meta's Quest 2 standalone VR headset. We'll have to wait and see if the G3x chip platform ends up supporting similarly popular products.