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Qualcomm made a portable video game you can’t buy

Qualcomm has created a new video game console called Snapdragon G3x. The dedicated gaming device is tailor-made for cloud gaming and allows gamers to stream games from their consoles or PC. There’s just one catch: you won’t be able to buy one.

The Snapdragon G3x is a concept for developers. Qualcomm and Razer have teamed up to make a development kit available to any developer interested in playing with it. According to Qualcomm, the device is currently not scheduled for sale. The company has created similar products in the past with Mobile Hardware Development Kits.

It’s a shame that users can’t get their hands on one (for now), as the Snapdragon G3x sports some impressive specs. Initially, it features a standard ABXY controller layout with a screen in the middle. The screen itself is a 6.65-inch OLED display that can operate at up to 120Hz. Like the Nintendo Switch, the device can be plugged into a TV. Although unlike the Switch, plugging it in will allow users to play games in 4K HDR.

Other design features include a vent on the back of the controller, “advanced haptics” and a four-way speaker. The device also maps touchscreen controls to buttons, allowing users to play mobile games without a touchscreen.

Most notable is that the game is designed for streaming. It has a 1080p60 front camera, which gamers could theoretically use to stream a game and their camera from the same portable device.

As a proof of concept, the Snapdragon G3x certainly shows off some creative ideas. It remains to be seen whether these ideas will eventually hit the market. With the arrival of the Steam Deck, we are seeing increased interest from users who want handheld consoles that can play games that are too powerful for Switch. Qualcomm’s idea of ​​a cloud gaming-centric handheld certainly solves this problem, although it wouldn’t necessarily make it easy for gamers to pick up any game on the go. That might change if the device went public.

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