What happened now? Are we in for a flood of portable gaming devices? Judging by the latest news, this seems to be the case. While speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Las Vegas, Razer and Verizon unveiled what they call the world’s first 5G gaming handheld. The Razer Edge 5G will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 gaming platform and run Android, allowing users to download and play games locally, and stream from the console or the cloud via 5G ultra-wideband.
Razer and Qualcomm announced a handheld development kit last December, but there was no mention of Verizon’s involvement at the time. This device was very similar to the widescreen Sega Game Gear, only with more buttons.
The dev kit comes with a 6.65-inch OLED display that supports 1080p resolution and refresh rates up to 120Hz. The PDA is further equipped with a 5-megapixel front-facing webcam for streaming, dual microphones, quad speakers, a 6,000mAh battery, and support for USB-C, DisplayPort over USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-Fi 6E.
Despite the surge in mobile gaming via smartphones, dedicated handhelds have been gaining momentum ever since Nintendo launched the Switch in early 2017. Both Analogue Pocket and Panic’s Playdate are on order, as is Valve’s Steam Deck. Just last week, Logitech announced a cloud-based laptop called the Cloud that promises up to 12 hours of battery life.
Potential prices weren’t mentioned, but they can make or break the system. The aforementioned Logitech laptop, for example, seems a bit steep at $349 given its streaming focus, but the entry-level Steam Deck is much easier to swallow from $399 given its hardware capabilities and flexibility.
Razer promises to share more information about the PDA during RazerCon 2022the company’s digital event for gamers scheduled for October 15th. Mobile World Congress in Las Vegasmeanwhile, runs until September 30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
What is your mobile gaming strategy? Do you have a pocket computer? It’s not, what was the last PDA you had? I have a Switch Lite that hasn’t seen much action since Nintendo shut down Super Mario Bros. 35. Before that, it was the original Game Boy.