Steam Deck’s prime three rivals are planning their revenge with AMD’s 6800U

Steam Deck’s top three rivals are planning their revenge with AMD’s 6800U


The Steam Deck simply spent 5 weeks at primary on Valve’s prime vendor record — on prime of the 5 weeks it spent at quantity two. As one of the reasonably priced gaming PCs ever made, the $400-plus machine has clearly captured the eye of those that’d been ready for a Swap-like moveable gaming PC. However what of the businesses that had been already making Swap-like moveable gaming PCs? They now have their likelihood at revenge.

That’s as a result of the entire Steam Deck’s chief rivals — GPD, Aya, and OneXPlayer — have now confirmed they’re constructing handhelds round AMD’s Ryzen 6000U chips. And the 6800U, with its built-in Radeon 680M graphics, reportedly has the potential to squash the semi-custom Aerith SoC on the coronary heart of the Steam Deck.

The GPD Win Max 2 is a mini-laptop with added buttons and joysticks.
Picture: GPD

OneXPlayer founder and CEO Jack Wong confirmed to me in a reside translated interview that the corporate’s R&D workforce is already working with the 6000U chips. In the meantime, GPD introduced a brand new 10.1-inch Win Max 2 clamshell with a Ryzen 7 6800U in March, and YouTuber Cary Golomb simply revealed that GPD already has a provide of the 6800U chips it wants.

And final week, Aya introduced not one however two portables primarily based on the 6800U, together with the Aya Neo 2 and an Aya Neo Slide with a Motorola Droid-esque design that matches a five-row staggered keyboard beneath a sliding display.

The Aya Neo Slide can even have an AMD 6800U.
Picture: Aya Neo

As my colleague Emma Roth identified in that put up, the Radeon 680M can push out 3.38 teraflops of uncooked graphical efficiency, greater than double the 1.6 teraflops of the Steam Deck on paper, and has 12 RDNA 2 compute models in comparison with the 8 CUs you get with Deck — plus a quicker Zen 3 Plus structure for its CPU.

Will that pan out in precise video games, and can the laptop computer chip provide higher (and even respectable) battery life in a transportable? That’s a more durable query, and GPD, as an illustration, is attempting to make it render at 1920 x 1200 as an alternative of the Steam Deck’s 1280 x 800, which might nix any framerate benefit immediately.

However because of Notebookcheck, we do have already got some early efficiency numbers for the 6800U and 680M graphics in an actual laptop computer, and so they’re completely promising — and, at the least when paired with a quicker processor, they’ll rival a discrete graphics chip just like the GeForce 1650, it appears. You’ll be able to even discover some movies of these built-in graphics in motion right here, although be aware that’s with the Ryzen 7 6800H, not the 6800U, and much much less thermally constrained than you’d see in a handheld.

Efficiency is simply one of many issues the Steam Deck does properly sufficient to seize avid gamers’ consideration, after all — however the largest downside for corporations like GPD, Aya, and OneXPlayer is that the Steam Deck has been cheaper and extra highly effective than something they may produce. Their handhelds sometimes price two to 3 occasions the worth of an entry-level Steam Deck, and so they didn’t have entry to AMD’s newer RDNA 2 graphics, solely the older and weaker Vega.

The OneXPlayer Mini, with Intel Xe graphics
Picture: OneXPlayer

OneXPlayer founder Wong tells me the Steam Deck hasn’t utterly been an issue for his firm until now, although, however relatively a double-edged sword. “They create public consideration to the sphere of moveable gaming,” he stated through translator. “We had fairly a distinct segment viewers earlier than, however now an increasing number of persons are attending to know us and that there are extra choices.”

Wong says his firm has grown to 100 folks and has already bought 50,000 of the hand-held gaming PCs in North America — and it’s rising quicker than the corporate’s earlier different One Netbook enterprise, which has managed to promote roughly the identical quantity. The corporate additionally has a giant viewers in Japan and China, Wong says, and his technique gained’t be to compete with the Steam Deck on value. Like rivals, he says he needs to construct one of the best moveable PCs potential.


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