Steam Deck’s three biggest rivals plot revenge with AMD’s 6800U

steam surface I just spent five weeks in #1 In Valve’s Best Sellers List – Top Five weeks in second place. As one of the most popular gaming PCs ever made, the $400+ device has clearly captured the attention of those who have been waiting for a Switch-like gaming laptop. But what about the companies that they were Already made Switch-like gaming laptops? They now have their chance for revenge.

That’s because all of Steam Deck’s major competitors – GPD, Aya, and OneXPlayer – have now confirmed that they’re making handheld devices around AMD’s Ryzen 6000U chips. The 6800U, with integrated Radeon 680M graphics, reportedly has the ability to squash Semi-custom Aerith SoC At the heart of Steam Deck.

GPD Win Max 2 is a small laptop with added buttons and joysticks.
Photo: GPD

OneXPlayer founder and CEO Jack Wong assured me in a live interview with subtitles that the company’s R&D team is already working with the 6000U chipset. while, GPD announces a new 10.1-inch Win Max 2 clamshell With the Ryzen 7 6800U in March, and YouTuber Cary Golomb has just been revealed That GPD already has a supply of 6800U chips that you need.

And last week, No verse announced to anyone but two Movables based on 6800Uincluding the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide in a Motorola Droid-esque design that fits a five-row staggered keyboard below a sliding screen.

The Aya Neo Slide will also feature an AMD 6800U.
picture: Aya New

As my colleague Emma Roth Noted in this postThe Radeon 680M can push 3.38 teraflops of raw graphic performance, more than double the 1.6 teraflops of Steam Deck on paper, and it has 12 RDNA 2 compute units compared to the 8 CUs you get with the Deck – plus Zen 3 Plus is the fastest CPU architecture its central.

Will that result in actual games, and will the laptop chip provide better (or even decent) battery life in a mobile device? That’s a trickier question, and GPD, for example, tries to make it appear at a resolution of 1920×1200 instead of a Steam Deck 1280×800 screen, which can immediately nullify any frame rate advantage.

but thanks Diarywe already have Some early performance numbers For 6800U and 680M graphics in a real laptop, it’s totally promising — and, At least when paired with a faster processorThey can rival a discrete graphics chip like the GeForce 1650, it seems. Could you Until you find some videos of those graphics embedded in the format work hereNote, though, that this is with the Ryzen 7 6800H, not the 6800U, and is much less thermally restrictive than what you see in a handheld device.

Performance is just one of the things in Steam Deck Performs well enough to grab players’ attentionof course – but the biggest problem for companies like GPD, Aya, and OneXPlayer was that Steam Deck was cheaper And More powerful than anything they could produce. Their laptops usually cost two to three times the price of an entry-level Steam Deck, and they didn’t have access to AMD’s newer RDNA 2 graphics, only the older, weaker Vega.

OneXPlayer Mini, with Intel Xe graphics
Photo: OneXPlayer

OneXPlayer founder Wong tells me that Steam Deck hasn’t exactly been a problem for his company so far, although it’s a double-edged sword. “They are drawing the public’s attention to the field of mobile gaming,” he said via an interpreter. “We had a niche audience before, but now more and more people know us and there are more options.”

Wong says his company has grown to 100 people and has already sold 50,000 gaming laptops in North America — growing faster than the company’s previous One Netbook, which managed to sell for roughly the same amount. Wong says the company also has a large audience in Japan and China, and his strategy wouldn’t be to compete with Steam Deck on price. Like competitors, he says he wants to build the best laptops possible.

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