Gaming phones have usurped a significant share of the portable gaming device market. While brands like ASUS have gone so far as to make gaming phones like the ROG Phone 5 that offer game console-like functionality, the Nintendo Switch still remains on top. Its ability to be used as a portable gaming device or as a dedicated console that can be connected to a larger screen has made it immensely popular. While an upgraded Nintendo Switch is anticipated to arrive later this year, chipmaker Qualcomm is also reportedly working on its own gaming console with a Snapdragon chipset and running a modified version of Android 12.
A report earlier this week revealed that chipmaker Qualcomm has envisioned a handheld game console with functionality similar to that of the Nintendo Switch. It is even suggested that it come with detachable controllers like the Nintendo Joy-Con. While the integrated chipset is yet to be confirmed, Qualcomm’s console could come with 5G connectivity, fast charging support, a robust 6,000 mAh battery, and SD card support.
If it sees the light of day next year, it could run on Android 12. The game console, which runs on top of Android, is said to feature a custom launcher designed for games and may even include the Epic Games launcher for easy access. to Fortnite. The console is expected to be priced under $ 300, so a Snapdragon 800 series flagship chipset is unlikely to be packed under the hood.
If Qualcomm dives into the portable game console segment, we may see a viable alternative to the Nintendo Switch for reasons other than price. The NVIDIA Tegra chip that powers the Switch is old and has a relatively underpowered CPU, even compared to most mid-range Qualcomm SoCs. Therefore, Qualcomm’s experience as a chipset manufacturer can help you deliver higher performance than the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite for a lower price.
The biggest problem, of course, is the difference in size between the Android and Nintendo game libraries. The number of AAA games available on Switch, both from Nintendo and third-party studios, far exceeds the number of titles available on Android. Still, the number of high-quality games on Android is growing with recent additions like Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered, Genshin impact, and Spongebob: Battle for the rehydrated bikini bottom. Android is also a much more capable platform for retro console emulation, which is certainly a niche but has a growing number of fans.
What do you think of this news? Would you be interested in purchasing this product once it comes out? Will Qualcomm’s entry stimulate interest in developing or porting AAA titles to Android? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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