Handheld consoles have already garnered enthusiasm with the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, and Game Boy. They had a huge installed base and consumers flocked to stores to buy games for handheld consoles. However, the arrival of smartphones and the shift to mobile games have made handheld consoles less attractive. But the launch of the Nintendo Switch four years ago has helped reignite the conversation around handhelds. This year will see the launch of three new portable gaming devices.
While Nintendo will release a new version of Switch with an OLED display later this year, Valve will bring its Steam Deck, a portable device capable of playing console-quality PC games. Here are some of the most anticipated handheld consoles that will arrive in 2021.
Nintendo Switch OLED
Nintendo will be releasing a new Switch model this fall, and while it does make some improvements, it’s not the legendary “Pro” version. It doesn’t display games in 4K resolution, nor does it have increased RAM or a new processor. But it comes with a 7-inch OLED display, improved kickstand, better sound, a wired LAN port in the docking station, and 64GB internal storage. Some might see this as a “lazy” update. , but the truth is that Nintendo often releases new iterations of its consoles with minor changes. The idea behind adding the OLED model is to add incremental features to enhance the experience. The Switch is a global phenomenon, and its ability to become both portable and home console makes it different from other gaming devices. The “Pro” model is said to have created more confusion in the minds of consumers who buy Nintendo consoles. only to play its proprietary titles which do not require high fidelity graphics. The OLED Switch costs $ 350 and will launch on October 8.
Valve steam bridge
Nintendo isn’t the only company releasing brand new hardware this year. Valve, too, wants a piece of the pie in the larger gaming market. Its Steam Deck is heavily inspired by the Nintendo Switch, but is aimed at die-hard PC gamers. The excited feature, of course, is its ability to play AAA-level PC games on the go. The Steam Deck is more powerful than Switch and comes with powerful specs, more storage, and access to literally any PC game. But the intention behind Steam Deck and Switch is different, as are the market demographics. If Switch is Nintendo’s walled garden with games primarily designed for the hybrid console, the Steam Deck will play any PC game and bring your Steam library anywhere. The pitch is fair, and even if Valve copies the design of the Switch. Think of the Steam Deck as the Nintendo Switch for PC gaming, although it remains to be seen whether Valve will manage to standardize the design of the portable PC console. The Steam Deck will start shipping in December of this year, but due to the early hype, reservations are already sold out until mid-2022. The device starts at $ 400 and is available at different prices and configurations.
An experimental portable game console that is neither the Switch nor the Steam Deck but an ode to the classic Game Boy. Enter the reading date. Developed by Panic, the publisher of Untitled Goose Game, the Playdate doesn’t try to replace the games you play on smartphones or dedicated gaming devices. Instead, it simplifies the game and brings back the portable gaming charm that existed in the early 90s. The charming, bright yellow colored device has a black and white screen, d-pad, A + B buttons. and a crank on the side which acts as a folding rotation controller. One of the unique aspects of the Playdate is that the games are developed exclusively for the miniature Game Boy device. Panic is promising 24 games as part of “Season 1,” but only two games will be delivered to the device each week over Wi-Fi for three months. Don’t expect PUBG or Call of Duty to arrive at the Playdate as the handheld console is all about simple yet engaging games. Ever since Panic announced the Playdate in 2019, the device has gained the attention of the gaming industry. It’s a fun little handheld console that suits short moments rather than acting as a time-consuming gaming device. full. The system will cost $ 179 and should ship before the end of the year. The company had started taking pre-orders for the device last month.