Razer and Qualcomm made a Nintendo Switch-like game console... but you can't buy it

In the years since the Nintendo Switch reawakened the desire for a mobile gaming console, other devices have emerged to meet the demand of consumers. But the next one to come out – a joint project between Qualcomm and Razor – won’t even be sold to consumers.

Instead, the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Developer Kit, as it’s called, is a working console meant for developers to experiment with making mobile games beyond smartphones. It’s a pre-platform of sorts, meant to get developers (and potentially, game studios) used to a new class of console before they arrive on the market.

No, not pocket desktop consoles like the delayed Steam Deck – the Snapdragon G3X, as its title implies, runs the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, the first of an entirely new line of Qualcomm chipsets dedicated to gaming (not coincidentally following the same naming convention as the just-announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1).

In other words, the consoles Qualcomm is priming the gaming industry to cater to would be focused on mobile gaming. Presumably, these consoles would run the same apps you’d find in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, but with souped-up specs and dedicated analog thumbsticks and buttons that would leave touch controls behind and displays unobstructed.

(Image credit: Quallcomm / Razer)

There have been plenty of false starts for mobile console gaming over the years, like the Nvidia Shield Portable system, and outside the Nintendo Switch, none have lasted long. This has partially been due to the ubiquity of smartphones, which have inadvertently lowered the bar: why spend a lot more money on something that plays the same games as the phone you already own? Why encumber yourself with another device that needs updating and charging?

To Qualcomm, this seems like a natural progression of mobile gaming, and the company has a vested interest in seeing a transition to dedicated consoles – namely, so its new Snapdragon G3x chipsets can power them.

That’s the reason the chipmaker seemed so blasé when asked during a background briefing if the Snapdragon G3x would come to market. If a manufacturer came along wanting to take their fully-realized concept and make consumer devices, Qualcomm may be interested in collaborating – but even if a different console debuted first, the chipmaker is happy to sell them the silicon they’ve already tested and implemented in a finished device.

(Image credit: Quallcomm / Razer)

So what is the Snapdragon G3x Handheld?

The Snapdragon G3x Handheld Developer Kit is, essentially, a supercharged smartphone gaming platform with a dedicated controller built around it.

This isn’t exactly a new concept given the all-in-one Steam Deck and Nvidia Shield Portable before it (among others) – it’s just applying those to mobile gaming. But unlike previous phone gaming setups that are either add-ons for specific models like the Kunai Gamepad for the Asus ROG 5 or wrap-around controllers like the Backbone and Razer Kishi, the Snapdragon G3x Handheld doesn’t serve as a phone at all.

There’s a good amount of phone DNA in the Snapdragon G3x Handheld, though: a 6.65-inch Full HD Plus OLED display with 10-bit HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate, 5MP 1080p webcam, and Android operating system all feel inherited from phones. Plus, it has mobile connectivity, allowing players to take the console on the go and play anywhere they could with a phone.

But there are some novel things that Qualcomm is bringing from mobile gaming to consoles, too. While we don’t have much information on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chipset powering the G3x Handheld, the company claims the silicon will power advanced haptics and other extras – which should elevate the gaming experience on the console above how it feels to play on a phone.

Its Adreno GPU will also have updateable drivers – and while Qualcomm’s flagship chips have been able to download updates from the Play Store to their Adreno GPUs since last year’s flagship Snapdragon 865, per Android Authority, that required manufacturers to customize and publish the updates for their devices. A mobile gaming console manufacturer would conceivably get to these updates faster.

(Image credit: Quallcomm / Razer)

The hardware is more suited for gaming, too – which is likely all Razer’s influence, from the angled controller grips, buttons, and thumb sticks to the air-cooling system that intakes cool air from the console’s back and expels hot air out the top. (Ideally, this will keep the G3x Handheld from overheating and losing frames, which can happen with less powerful or poorly-cooled phones.)

Crucially, it also has a USB-C port at the top to output 4K HDR and up to 144Hz to a linked TV or monitor, allowing it to power play on a big screen a la the Nintendo Switch’s dock – but beating that console to the 4K punch. The port can also output to an ‘XR viewer’ (like augmented reality glasses), which Qualcomm believes will take off in the coming years.

The G3x Handheld also has 4-way speakers, a 1080p webcam for streaming, and mics at the center and top of the device. At least one version connects to sub-6 and mmWave 5G, too, allowing for the fastest possible mobile gaming, along with WiFi 6E.

(Image credit: Quallcomm / Razer)

This all makes the G3X sound like an impressive way to spruce up your mobile gaming for those who have extra cash to spare. What makes the console stand out above other peripherals is the software provided by AKSys Games Localization, which auto-maps on-screen controls to buttons and thumb sticks.

If you’ve played with phone gaming peripherals before, you know how audacious this claim is: no matter how slick your controller design, it’s worthless if you can’t get button presses to sync up with on-screen touch controls. If Qualcomm and Razer can pull this off, it could make the G3x Handheld and standalone mobile gaming consoles as a whole attractive enough to justify the expense and hassle.

(Image credit: Quallcomm / Razer)

Hope for a Snapdragon mobile console future

The Snapdragon G3x Handheld certainly seems like an odd device to announce publicly, but only from a consumer perspective. Qualcomm wants game developers and potential console producers to believe that this product niche is not just possible, but inevitable. The company is betting an entirely new chipset line on it.

So who would a mobile console be for? Qualcomm and Razer see modern gamers as nomadic, switching between platforms even to play the same games. The G3x Handheld serves gamers-on-the-go as it can play already-popular mobile games on the device, but also host games streamed from the cloud given its mobile connectivity.

As a developer-focused device, the G3x Handheld has the freedom to offer plenty of features that might be trimmed away in a consumer-facing console – the aforementioned XR glasses compatibility is a good example given its sparse adoption thus far.

But ultimately, the G3x Handheld is a harbinger, at least according to Qualcomm and Razer: mobile gaming made up 52% of the $175 billion made by the global gaming industry last year, and it’s only growing larger (by comparison, PC made up 21% and console 28%). Mobile gaming will continue to evolve, and the G3x Handheld is one way that device makers could introduce new ways to serve an ever-growing market.

  • Best phone 2021: the top 15 smartphones you can buy right now
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Maida Vale: Woman stabbed to death before knifeman run over and killed as driver ‘tries to save her'

Police have launched an investigation into the deaths of a woman and the man who reportedly killed her in west London. Officers were called at 9am on Monday 24 January ... Read more »

Met apologises to woman for ‘sexist, derogatory' language in strip-search

Force pays compensation to Dr Konstancja Duff for language used after CCTV captures officers’ comments The Metropolitan police has apologised and paid compensation to an academic for “sexist, derogatory and ... Read more »

ITV Revamps Pre-9pm Schedule: Extends Evening News, Moves Soaps Back-to-Back

U.K. broadcaster ITV is making key changes to its pre-9pm schedule, including extending the evening news and putting its two biggest soaps, “Coronation Street” and “Emmerdale,” back to back. Presented ... Read more »

Reliance Jio 5G coverage update: Trials in top 1000 cities and more

Reuters file photo Reliance Jio has completed 5G network coverage planning for top 1,000 cities in the country and is augmenting its fibre capacity as well as running pilot across ... Read more »

Google sued by Texas, Washington, DC, here's why

Texas and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday over what he called deceptive location tracking practices that invade users’ privacy. Two other state attorneys general plan ... Read more »

22GB RAM, 640GB ROM: Specs of Lenovo Legion Y90 gaming phone may have leaked online

The full specifications of the Legion Y90 gaming phone could have appeared online, as per a report by GizmoChina, based upon the claims of reliable tipster @Pandaisbald who reportedly posted ... Read more »

Why #AmazonInsultsNationalFlag trended on Twitter

Amazon on Monday faced the ire of a section of Indian social media users over merchandising some products, including apparel and food items, that feature images of the Indian flag, ... Read more »

Coach Outlet Insiders get early access to The Diary Collection and 50% off chic styles

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Give your personal style a boost of energy this season. From ... Read more »

IHQ, ASTORY, Studio Dragon concerned about struggling Netflix

By Kim Jae-heun IHQ, ASTORY, Studio Dragon and other media production firms here are increasingly worried about the sudden plunge of Netflix’s stock price last Friday which fell by 21.79 ... Read more »

Porsche's new infotainment system now features full Spotify integration

Porsche is rolling out a new sixth-generation infotainment system to many of its core models as its cars become more connected. The system, known as Porsche Communication Management (PCM) has ... Read more »

Why Apple has been fined 5 million euros by Dutch antitrust regulator

Apple was fined 5 million euros ($5.65 million) by the Dutch antitrust regulator on Monday for failing to comply with an order to open its app store to allow dating ... Read more »

The Apple Watch 7 crashes to record-low price in rare deal at Amazon

While finding deals on the Apple Watch 7 isn’t a rare occurrence, Amazon typically only discounts the smartwatch with a Red, Blue, or Green sport band. If you’ve been looking ... Read more »

Dell's latest RTX 3070 gaming laptop deals include a $930 off Alienware M15

If you’re on the hunt for mid to high-end gaming laptop deals, then this RTX 3070 equipped Alienware m15 R4 for $1,371.99 (was $2,299) is a great buy right now. ... Read more »

The best running gadgets: top fitness tech to help you run better

Running is one of the oldest and most instinctive forms of exercise around – just put one foot in front of the other, rinse and repeat in quick succession. Still, ... Read more »

Lucasfilm is prioritizing legacy franchises like Star Wars over new projects

It looks like Lucasfilm will continue to bet on its most famous properties now and in the future – even if that means brand-new projects fall by the wayside. According ... Read more »

Wheel of Time author dismayed George R. R. Martin worked on Elden Ring

A popular fantasy novelist and author of the final books in the Wheel of Time series has expressed his dismay that George R. R. Martin was asked to contribute to ... Read more »

What is 5G Ultra Wideband? How your phone's internet may soon change

5G doesn’t just have an availability problem (with much of the world still lacking coverage) it also has a branding problem – at least in the US, where there are ... Read more »

Fears of the Fed's Policy Changes Send Huge Losses in the Cryptocurrency Market

The volatile cryptocurrency market is taking a hit as the Fed is expected to hike interest rates in an effort to combat inflation. “Central banks and governments have played a role ... Read more »

AOC launches new G2-series gaming monitors, price starts Rs 21,990

Gaming monitor and IT accessories maker AOC has announced the new G2 gaming monitors – 24G2U/BK, 24G2E5 and G2490VX in India at Rs 28,990, Rs 22,990 and Rs 21,990 respectively.The ... Read more »

Meet LG Omnipod, the self-driving home on wheels

LG Electronics said on Monday that it will show off the real-life version of its futuristic self-driving vehicle next month.The LG Omnipod, a mobility concept solution that can serve as ... Read more »

Huawei Sound Joy review

Two-minute review A well known name in the smartphone, laptop, and tablet world, it can be easy to forget that Huawei also makes speakers and headphones. Previously, its Sound X ... Read more »

Man files FIR against Chinese online shopping website for selling fake products

Chinese e-commerce company Shopee, facing a controversy over FDI violations in the country, has been hit by an FIR filed by a customer in Lucknow for allegedly defrauding him.In the ... Read more »

Panasonic to invest $700 million to produce Tesla EV battery: Report

Japan’s Panasonic will begin producing its new lithium-ion battery for Tesla from as early as 2023, with plans to invest about 80 billion yen ($705 million) in production facilities in ... Read more »

Why Microsoft has disabled these commands in Excel

Microsoft has disabled a series of commands in Excel 4.0 to protect customers against security threats especially ransomeware.In July 2021, Microsoft has released a new Excel Trust Center setting option ... Read more »

The Earth's core is cooling surprisingly fast, scientists say – and it could tell us how our planet dies

(Getty Images) The Earth’s core is cooling more quickly than we realised, scientists have found – and the discovery could have important implications for the future of our planet. The ... Read more »

Bill.com review

Bill.com is a cloud-based operation that aims to help small and mid-sized businesses make better use of their time. It allows companies to create and pay bills, send invoices and ... Read more »

The best VPN services to protect your privacy in 2022

We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. There are dozens of VPN services out there. Choose any of ... Read more »

Mars reflections that suggested there is water on surface of red planet may be just an illusion, scientists say

© Independent Breaking News Sparkling reflections on Mars that led to hopes of water on the planet might actually have just been an illusion, scientists have said. In 2018, researchers ... Read more »

Watch Dogs Legion's final update actually happened last year

Ubisoft has confirmed that no more updates will be coming to Watch Dogs Legion, the publisher’s third game in a trilogy of open-world hack-em-ups. The game’s current multiplayer season will ... Read more »

About us

We love tech! We’re unashamedly geeky about it. So we’ll tell you what we think in a fair, unbiased way. That’s what we’re about. We’re able to promise this because ... Read more »

White House to hold second Competition Council meet on Monday

The White House is set to hold the second meeting of its Competition Council on Monday, federal agencies said on Sunday. Officials from two federal agencies told Reuters about the ... Read more »

Alibaba's home province to offer preferential tax policies and promote ‘hard tech' such as chips and digital security

Zhejiang province, home to e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, is putting into place preferential tax policies and will promote hard tech industries such as integrated circuits and digital security in ... Read more »

The James Webb Space Telescope glides to its deep-space parking spot today! How to follow it online.

© Provided by Space An artist’s depiction of the fully deployed James Webb Space Telescope completing its final burn to reach orbit around L2. Today’s the day: Nearly a month ... Read more »

40 quintillion stellar-mass black holes are lurking in the universe, new study finds

© Provided by Space An illustration of a black hole and its event horizon. Scientists have estimated the number of “small” black holes in the universe. And no surprise: It’s ... Read more »

AMD RX 550 GPU reportedly back on sale – but you can't buy one

AMD’s Radeon RX 550 graphics cards have been drafted back in to help ease GPU supply problems in Japan, according to a new report. This is a seriously old GPU ... Read more »

EV charging stations can be hacked — here's what you need to know

As the number of EVs on the streets grows, so does the number of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) needed to juice them up — and along with them the ... Read more »

New Kirby game rumored to be revealed next month

© Provided by GamesRadar Kirby and the Forgotten Land A new Kirby-related game could be revealed next month. The new claim comes from Japanese publication Nintendo Dream, which has been ... Read more »

NordVPN's latest update brings Dark Web Monitor and Security Score to Windows

NordVPN has just updated its VPN app on Windows, finally bringing a couple of handy Mac and mobile features to the desktop. NordVPN’s Dark Web Monitor, released on iOS back ... Read more »

13 tough lessons I learned switching jobs as developer

Toward the end of 2021, I was one of the countless tech workers who left one job and took another. The process surprised me in a number of ways. I ... Read more »

Horeca en cultuursector gaan weer open, kabinet rekt sluitingstijd op naar 22.00 uur

Het kabinet neemt het OMT-advies over om de horeca en cultuursector te heropenen. De sluitingstijd van 20.00 uur - waar het OMT aan dacht - wordt door de bewindslieden echter opgerekt naar 22.00 uur. Dat melden Haagse bronnen aan het AD en persbureau ANP. Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic