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Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, a chip designed for handheld consoles

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Qualcomm has been releasing multiple chipsets recently, and one of them is Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 which is designed for handheld consoles.
Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, a chip designed for handheld consoles
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1

Designed for portable gaming!

As Qualcomm claims, most of the competitive gaming smartphones use a Snapdragon chipset, however, the company realized that there's a related market without a dedicated chip line, and that would be the category of handheld game consoles.

The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is the first chipset made by the company for such devices. However, there's thin information regarding the chipset yet and according to them, the new SoC is similarly designed just like the Snapdragon from smartphones as well as the Snapdragon XR2 from Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Qualcomm has been releasing multiple chipsets recently, and one of them is Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 which is designed for handheld consoles.
Handheld Developer Kit

Qualcomm intends to first provide a platform for developers to generate content on, and then invite OEMs to create handheld consoles for gamers to purchase. To that goal, it created the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Development Kit in collaboration with Razer, a business with substantial experience in the gaming industry.

The dev kit will not be sold as a consumer device; instead, it will serve as a development platform and a demonstration of what can be done with the G3x chip.
The features of the Dev Kit
The features of the Dev Kit

The dev kit has a 120Hz HDR OLED display powered by an Adreno GPU, with a graphics target of 1080p at 120 frames per second and active cooling for steady performance. There is also a built-in 6,000 mAh battery. Each OEM will want to customize the battery capacity and charging speed. The device was also designed ergonomically with long gaming sessions in mind.

It also has a built-in front-facing camera that can capture 1080p videos and can be used for live streaming.
The webcam and cooler
The webcam and cooler

They also equipped it with 4G, 5G, and WiFi 6E for fast, low latency connection during gaming sessions whether at home or on the go. It also supports a USB-C connection and can output up to 4K resolution on TVs. It can also power AR/VR accessories, imagine a lightweight G3x-powered device placed on your pocket and gives the portable AR/VR experience.

As of the moment, Qualcomm is using Android as the software of the G3x platform. Although the company says they are open to supporting other platforms in the future. Currently, most games are on Android, and because the majority of them use touchscreen controls, Qualcomm teamed up with a company that specializes in mapping on-screen controls to physical joysticks, buttons, and triggers.
Other gaming features
Other gaming features

The G3x platform will have native support for controllers as well as advanced functions such as stereo haptics.

Aside from portable consoles, the chipmaker also visualizes that this SoC can also be applied to micro consoles, set-top boxes, and even smart TV sticks.

Right now the mobile platform is one of the largest markets for games and Qualcomm wants to seize the opportunity so they created a dedicated handheld device.

What do you guys think?

Source: Qualcomm
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