Handheld gaming devices are in vogue again, and not just the smartphones we always have in our hands these days. The success of the Nintendo Switch has given rise to a new breed of portable PCs built specifically with gaming in mind, and now even big brands like ASUS and Lenovo are playing in this very niche field. While both the Switch and the Steam Deck have become the poster children for this category of devices, they aren’t the only way to play PC games anywhere and everywhere. Another contender is pushing a new entry into the race, and this one hides a QWERTY keyboard for those times when you need keys rather than buttons to play, communicate, or even work.
Handheld PCs like the Steam Deck, ASUS ROG Ally, and Lenovo Legion Go are probably PC gamers’ dreams come true. They allow them to play their favorite modern and even retro titles without having to worry about finding a place to set up a laptop. That convenience, however, comes at the price of relying only on controller buttons and joysticks for movement, while being at the mercy of a touchscreen and an on-screen keyboard for everything else. That’s not a problem for something like the Nintendo Switch with games specifically designed for such an input scheme, but for a PC that can potentially play and do anything, it’s severely limiting.
The AYANEO SLIDE addresses this problem by introducing a physical QWERTY keyboard that doesn’t get in the way when you don’t actually need it. Its trick is to hide that keyboard underneath the display using a sliding mechanism, not unlike the slider keyboards of smartphones from long ago. That makes it trivial to type out messages for games that require chatting with other players or to even play games that might not fully support game controllers. And since you can easily hide it when you’re done, it doesn’t take up too much extra space when it’s not in use.
Granted, the AYANEO SLIDE is hardly the first to use this design to address the problem of an absent keyboard. The recent GPD WIN 4 and the old Sony VAIO UX from 2006 both used a sliding mechanism to hide a QWERTY keyboard. AYANEO’s design, however, also lets you set the screen at an angle when you slide it up, which offers a slightly more ergonomic viewing angle compared to a completely flat screen.
While the addition of a hidden keyboard does fix one problem, the design has some drawbacks in the current implementation. Given the large size of the device, thumb-typing on that keyboard isn’t exactly comfortable or fast. A sliding mechanism also invites trouble because of moving parts. An alternative design, one employed by AYAENO rival GPD, uses a mini laptop form factor to offer a different way to mix gaming and typing on the go, but that also brings its own problems in terms of portability and bulk.
The lines that separate the physical world and the digital realm continue to blur every day. Augmented reality is putting digital artifacts like windows and buttons, while platforms like the metaverse are bringing bits of the real, physical world into a virtual space in a seamless way. None of these happen by magic, of course, and someone still has to do the work of creating these striking digital objects. Making them from scratch using 3D modelers is definitely possible but also a lot of work, especially if you’re trying to aim for realism or when you need to 3D print a replacement part for a machine or a car. 3D scanners are the tools of the trade for these tasks, and there are 10 of the best products that will get you on your way to making believable, accurate, and precise 3D models of physical objects for all your creative endeavors.
1. Revopoint MINI 3D Scanner Dual-Axis Turntable Combo
If you find yourself always 3D modeling small objects like jewelry, miniature models, or ancient artifacts, then the Revopoint MINI 3D scanner has got your back. Providing single-frame precision of up to 0.02mm and a resolution of up to 0.05mm, this handheld scanner is perfect for working with small objects where accuracy and detail are critical. With an industrial-grade blue light, it can capture detailed scans of objects as small as 10 x 10 x 10 mm in size, making short work of the tiniest targets.
The Revopoint MINI blue light 3D scanner makes it trivial to capture small objects and is the perfect tool for jewelry design, miniature models, reverse engineering parts, scientific research, and any other task where high-precision models are needed.
What we like
Designed for accurate, precise, and detailed scans of small objects down to 10 x 10 x 10 mm in size
Portable design makes it easy to set up shop anywhere
Combo includes dual-axis turntable and markers
What we dislike
A bit pricey (but the bundle includes many accessories)
2. Revopoint INSPIRE 3D Scanner
Being able to turn real-world objects into 3D models is perhaps every creator’s dream, and with the cost-effective Revopoint INSPIRE, those dreams can now come true without breaking your wallet. Despite its accessible price tag, the lightweight 3D scanner offers nearly the same features are larger and more expensive hardware, such as single-frame precision up to 0.1mm and high-speed scans up to 18fps. It can even connect with Android and iOS for truly portable workflows.
The Revopoint INSPIRE 3D scanner bundles powerful features into a user-friendly and cost-effective package that will appeal to both hobbyists and pros alike.
What we like
Affordable price tag makes 3D scanning accessible to anyone
Portable and lightweight design allows creators to take their tools anywhere
Basic package includes a mini turntable
What we dislike
Not much to say
3. Revopoint RANGE 3D Scanner Premium Package
Not everything you want to scan will be in a small or even medium size, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank for an expensive and complicated studio rig. With the Revopoint RANGE 3D scanner, creating digital models of large objects is no sweat at all. With an infrared light projector that supports a distance of up to 800mm and a single-frame precision of up to 0.1mm, you can easily scan furniture, bodies, and even cars and still be able to hold the scanner in your hand.
The Revopoint RANGE 3D Scanner makes it easy to create 3D models from large objects without having to sacrifice portability and ease of use.
What we like
Portable handheld design makes it easy to work when and where creativity strikes
Can scan objects as large as 360mm x 650mm @ 600mm from a distance of up to 800mm with accuracy, precision, and high detail
Premium package includes a large turntable, a power bank, and a remote
What we dislike
A bit pricey (but the bundle includes many accessories)
4. Revopoint POP 3 Handheld 3D Scanner Advanced Edition
Say goodbye to bulky setups and get ready to start working anywhere. With the Revopoint POP 3 handheld 3D scanner, getting accurate and precise digital versions of real-world objects won’t be a burdensome chore. It boasts an Auxiliary IR that enhances tracking performance in Maker Mode, while White LEDs make the digital model colors more vibrant. Plus, touch-sensitive buttons on the camera itself remove the need for external devices, making the whole workflow more seamless and convenient.
The Revopoint POP 3 Handheld 3D Scanner’s portable design and powerful yet easy-to-use features make 3D scanning accessible to everyone.
What we like
Portable design makes it easy to start working anytime, anywhere
Single-frame precision of up to 0.05mm at up to 18fps for fast and correct 3D models
Advanced Edition includes everything you need such as a dual-axis turntable and a power bank
What we dislike
A bit pricey (but the bundle includes many accessories)
5. Revopoint Handheld Stabilizer for 3D Scanners
Handheld 3D scanners truly revolutionize the industry, allowing almost anyone to do creative work when inspiration strikes. Not everyone, however, has steady hands, which is where a stabilizer comes in. Designed for Revopoint’s portable 3D scanners, this Handheld Stabilizer lets you work without having to worry about shaky hands, getting accurate, detailed, and clear scans each and every time.
Compatible with all Revopoint 3D scanners, this Handheld Stabilizer lets you spend more time scanning and less time worrying about shaky hands.
What we like
Built-in rechargeable 4000mAh battery delivers a 6-hour operating time
Compatible with all Revopoint 3D scanners
What we dislike
Stabilizes on 2 axes only
6. Revopoint Dual-Axis Turntable
Just because you have a handheld 3D scanner doesn’t mean you always have to hold it in your hand to use it. Sometimes, going around the object isn’t the best way to get the best scans, which is actually true even for very small objects. On the flip side, turning the object manually yourself is also a lot of work with a lot of room for error. With the Revopoint Dual-Axis Turntable, you can prop up both the object as well as the 3D scanner for a steadier and more consistent rotation that will let you get all the details you need without having to rely on your shaky hands.
The Revopoint Dual-Axis Turntable can rotate at a 30-degree tilt to make sure you can capture all the angles you need for an accurate 3D scan.
What we like
Supports 360-degree rotation, clockwise or counterclockwise, and up to 30 degrees tilt
Has markers for accurate scanning
What we dislike
Can only be controlled via Bluetooth using Revo Scan or Revo Assistant (app for iOS or Android)
7. Revopoint Power Bank Mobile Kit
It’s easy to use handheld 3D scanners anywhere, given their portable and lightweight designs, but they’re still electronic devices that do need power to be used. The Revopoint Power Bank provides the juice you need to do your work, wherever you are. You can even easily swap out batteries so you can get up and running again before your creative ideas fly away.
The Revopoint Mobile Kit provides the power you need to minimize your downtime and keep on scanning.
What we like
Rechargeable 4,000mAh battery offers enough power for hours of work
Designed to work with all Revopoint 3D scanners
What we dislike
Rather plain design
8. Revopoint Large Turntable
With a handheld 3D scanner, you might think that you will always need to go around the target to scan it. That’s not always easy, however, and sometimes even error-prone. With the Revopoint Large Turntable, you create more efficient workflows by having the object turn around instead. And with a maximum load of 200kg, you can put almost anything that can fit on the turntable, including a human person!
The Revopoint Large Turntable enables more efficient and time-effective workflows by having the object steadily turn around rather than having you move around it.
What we like
Can support loads of up to 200kg
What we dislike
A bit heavy at 7kg
9. Revopoint Markers for 3D Scanning
While handheld 3D scanners have definitely made it so much easier to scan almost any object, not all objects in the physical world are actually that easy to scan. Objects with completely smooth and featureless surfaces, such as cups or cars, can be more difficult to scan. The Revopoint Markers for 3D scanning easily solves this problem by adding visual points for the scanner to track more easily. With a specially designed adhesive foil, applying and removing these markers are as easy as pie and won’t cause damage to the object.
The Revopoint Markers for 3D scanning instantly turn stubborn, featureless surfaces into scanner-friendly textures for more accurate models.
What we like
Easy to apply and remove without damaging the object
Single pack includes 500 markers
What we dislike
10. Scanning Spray
Scanning physical objects might sound easy, but not all real-world things lend themselves well to this process. Objects with reflective or transparent surfaces are especially tricky because of how they can interfere with the scanner’s optics. The Scanning Spray deftly transforms the glossiest surface into a textured easy-to-scan surface. Best of all, it doesn’t leave permanent marks and doesn’t do any damage to the object.
Just because you’re trying to design a retro interpretation of an old design doesn’t mean you have to copy the original inch for inch. In fact, it might even be illegal in some cases to be an exact replica of the product you’re trying to pay homage to. It’s definitely a good opportunity to address the flaws of the past or to implement designs that were intended but couldn’t be implemented because of the limitations or tastes of ages past. It wouldn’t make sense, for example, for a modern recreation of the Game Boy Color to display the extremely limited palette of the original in this day and age. Fortunately, Analogue had the sense to equip its retro gaming handheld with modern capabilities while staying faithful to the original’s essence. So faithful that it, in fact, even tried to recreate the playful colors of the Game Boy Color while also expanding that selection with almost all the colors of the rainbow and then some.
Even by yesteryear’s standards, the Game Boy Color’s chunky design clearly earmarked it as a toy for kids. Those kids, however, have now grown up, and many of them want to relive those fun-filled days but probably with something that doesn’t look like it was plucked out of a time capsule. The Analogue Pocket is an attempt to feed this hunger while also making the design and the heritage accessible to a lot more people. Its more modern and sleeker aesthetic easily appeals to gamers of all ages but still exudes that charm that made the GBC an icon. Still, the retro handheld seemed to be missing one particular element that would really set it apart from other Game Boy Color recreations.
That missing piece of the puzzle was delivered by the “Classic” edition of the Analogue Pocket, which basically gives the device a colorful paint job. The very first GBC was a rather boring and very industrial gray, but the market eventually exploded in a variety of colors, including a transparent one. The Analogue Pocket Classic brings back not just one or two or five of these but offers no less than eight hues. That’s on top of the plain black, white, transparent, and glow-in-the-dark editions that came out in the past.
The full palette includes Indigo, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Orange, and Silver, all of which Analogue boasts have been color-matched to the original models. It might just be a change of hue, but it immediately gives the Pocket a vibrant character befitting of a gaming device. With these accurate colors and the overall design of the handheld, there is very little doubt that this retro revival truly captures the spirit of the Game Boy Color as faithfully as it can without tripping over legal landmines.
The story doesn’t end on a high note, unfortunately, with all variants of the Analogue Pocket now declared to be completely sold out. That’s true for this colorful yet limited run of the “Classic” edition as well as the original models. It’s uncertain if these will ever return to shelves, and collectors will have to stay on their toes while waiting for hopeful news in the coming days.
Lenovo has made a remarkable stride forward in a world where the fusion of technology’s portability with its performance is rapidly advancing. With confidence, they have unveiled a vision that not only aligns with but also boldly redefines the paradigm. Allow me to introduce the Lenovo Legion Go – a device that flawlessly combines portability, power, and prowess, setting an unprecedented standard in the market.
Lenovo is widely known for introducing sturdy and reliable laptops for businesses. However, their dedication to creativity continues to remain strong. With its entry into the realm of portable gaming, Lenovo aims to redefine the idea of gaming on the go. Recently, they launched the Legion Go, which is expected to be an exhilarating experience for gamers worldwide.
Design and Feel: Elegance Meets Ergonomics
When you first see the Legion Go, it immediately catches your attention with its impressive appearance. The device has a sleek and polished finish, incorporating both matte and glossy surfaces. The design is ergonomic and particularly noticeable during extended gaming sessions. The grip is comfortable, allowing gamers to stay fully immersed without experiencing any discomfort. Additionally, the rear surface features a subtle texture that ensures a secure hold, preventing the device from slipping during intense gaming moments.
Performance: Gaming Powerhouse in Compact Form
Gamers who want to experience superior image quality and vibrant colors that make their games come to life will find the Lenovo PureSight Gaming Display to be an excellent choice. This display features the latest AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, which delivers remarkable compact processing power, ensuring that gamers can enjoy lag-free gaming.
The Lenovo Legion Go operates on Windows 11 and offers impressive graphics performance, comparable to that of a console. Its large 8.8-inch QHD+ 16:10 Lenovo PureSight gaming display truly brings games to life, providing gamers with an immersive and expansive screen. With up to 500nits brightness and a 97% DCI-P3 color gamut, the display is adjustable to suit different playstyles and situations. It supports various resolutions, ranging from 1600p to 800p, as well as 144Hz and 60Hz refresh rates. The 10-point touch screen allows for natural and intuitive control, such as scrolling, tapping, and swiping. The Legion Go also boasts up to 16GB LPDDR5X (7500Mhz) RAM, which offers power management flexibility for optimal gaming performance and faster loading times, depending on the scenario. It also has up to 1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD and a micro-SD slot that supports up to 2TB of extra storage.
During our brief testing period, casual games to more graphics-intensive games felt delightful it was clear that the performance was nothing short of exceptional. Transitions were smooth and seamless, loading times were lightning-fast, and there were absolutely no interruptions during gameplay. One of the standout features was the ability to switch between refresh rates with ease without experiencing any lag or delay whatsoever. Overall, we were thoroughly impressed with the performance of our system when it came to gaming.
Touch and Feel: A Console Experience
Many handhelds struggle with touch controls, but the Legion Go excels in this area. Its touch response is quick, and it flawlessly recognizes multi-touch gestures, distinguishing between intentional swipes and accidental touches. Additionally, its haptic feedback provides a tactile sensation similar to that of traditional console controllers.
Controller Dynamics: More than Just Accessories
The detachable controllers of Legion Go are simply amazing. Their magnetic connection is sturdy yet easy to detach. The buttons are tactile and responsive. Our testing revealed that first-person shooter games felt natural, sports games were easy to play, and strategy games were more engaging than ever.
The implementation of RGB lighting in this particular product is executed with a level of refinement and elegance that is not commonly seen in other similar gaming accessories. The lighting is not excessively flashy or intrusive but rather adds a tasteful touch of visual interest that amplifies the overall gaming experience.
The Lenovo Legion Go is an impressive gaming device that boasts a range of advanced features to ensure optimal responsiveness and accuracy during intense gaming sessions. One of the most notable features of this device is its hall effect joysticks that prevent joystick drift and minimize dead zones, providing a smooth and seamless gaming experience. Additionally, the Lenovo Legion Go comes equipped with an integrated trackpad, a large D-pad, an angled mouse wheel, and a total of 10 mappable shoulder buttons, triggers, and grip buttons, making it a versatile and highly customizable gaming controller.
In terms of aesthetics, the Lenovo Legion Go is a stylish device that features a power button adorned with the iconic Lenovo Legion ‘O’ and RGB lighting that changes colors, indicating the user-selectable fan mode. The joysticks also have customizable RGB rings that add a layer of style and serve as a notification system for controller pairing. Beyond its sleek design, the Lenovo Legion Go is also highly functional. The Legion TrueStrike controllers are detachable, allowing for more playstyle flexibility and enabling FPS mode for quick FPS gaming sessions. In FPS mode, the controllers can be detached from the Lenovo Legion Go body and placed on a surface using the kickstand at the back. The right detached controller can be attached to a controller base that comes with the device via a magnet, and the optical eye at the bottom of the controller provides more precise aiming and control, making it perfect for competitive FPS games, similar to using a mouse.
Overall, the Lenovo Legion Go is a top-of-the-line gaming controller that offers unparalleled responsiveness, accuracy, and flexibility, making it an essential tool for serious gamers.
The Lenovo Legion Glasses: Not Just a Gimmick
For some time now, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have been quite popular terms. However, the Lenovo Legion Glasses have made a compelling argument for VR gaming while on the move. After connecting the glasses to the Legion Go, our surroundings were transformed into a gaming paradise. The field of view is extensive, and the experience feels almost as if you’re in a movie theater.
Sound Matters: Enter the Legion E510 Headphones
To truly enhance your visual experience, top-notch audio is a must. That’s where the Lenovo Legion E510 headphones come in. These headphones are expertly designed to capture every auditory detail, from the deepest bass to the clearest highs. Plus, they boast impressive noise isolation capabilities, making them ideal for gaming in loud surroundings.
Software: The Heart of the Experience
The Lenovo Legion Go has many impressive features, but the key connecting element is the Legion Space. This feature is specifically designed for the Lenovo Legion Go and allows users to easily access their game platforms, view locally installed games, and even purchase games through the Legion Game Store, in collaboration with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. With each Lenovo Legion Go, users receive a complimentary 3-month membership that provides access to hundreds of high-quality games. Additionally, the Gamesplanet store offers deep discounts on select games for users with a Lenovo ID.
Legion Space allows all supported game launchers to be grouped together, making it easy for gamers to jump straight into the action. Additionally, users can quickly adjust settings such as resolution, refresh rate, brightness, and more on the fly.
Final Thoughts: A New Era for Portable Gaming
After spending time with the Legion Go, it became evident that this device is more than just a typical handheld. Lenovo has set out to revolutionize the way we perceive portable gaming by integrating power and portability, style and substance, and performance and affordability seamlessly.
To summarize, the Lenovo Legion Go is not only a product but also a declaration. Lenovo is ready to compete and has brought its best to the table. With its impending release, one thing is certain: the landscape of portable gaming will never be the same.
The Lenovo Legion Go will be available on Lenovo.com, Best Buy, Micro Center, and select retail partners from October 2023. Its price will start at $699. The Lenovo Legion Glasses will also be available from October 2023 and will start at $329. Additionally, the Lenovo Legion E510 7.1 RGB Gaming In-Ear Headphones will be available at a starting price of $49.99 in October 2023.
The renewed interest in handheld gaming consoles has got me excited as I observe the setting trends and evolution of mobile gaming beyond the smartphone platform. Steam Deck should get all the credit for streamlining the handheld gaming ecosystem and prompting competitors to up the ante.
Closest competitors to the Valve’s portable gaming system are the ROG Ally handheld, AYANEO, and now Lenovo wants to get a share of the pie with its iteration. This is the Legion Switch handheld under development with the characteristics of a Deck and Nintendo Switch given the JoyCon-like freedom.
This fresh leak comes courtesy of Windows Report who’ve got exclusive images and a trickle of information about the device under wraps. Legion Go wants to get over some of the inherent drawbacks of the current handhelds, and that’s an exciting development for people who love on-the-go gaming. The handheld device has removable controllers and an HD screen (with much smaller bezels) measuring 8 inches for an immersive experience. It’s got a button layout quite closely resembling that of the ROG Ally and a trackpad inspired by the Steam Deck.
Interestingly, the gadget will be powered by Windows 11, making it a compact PC for most of your tasks. According to the leak, Legion Go powered by the AMD Ryzen Z1 processor will be able to play triple-A titles on the go, giving you the freedom to game anytime, anywhere with no strings attached. There are big air vents on the top rear side and a stand lets you pair the handheld with another controller. There are shoulder buttons and side triggers which don’t surprise us but on the detachable Joy-Con (with Hall Effect joysticks hopefully) there’s a hidden mouse wheel most likely to enhance the user experience while navigating the Menu.
Lenovo Legion Go is rumored to be released at IFA 2023 along with other gaming gear for enthusiasts. According to industry insiders, the handheld could come with AR glasses for next-generation immersive gaming to shun the competitors. That said, there is no word on the pricing or availability of the handheld device thus far. It would be safe to guess, the handheld gadget will arrive during the holiday season.
Valve bemused mobile gamers with the 7-inch display Steam Deck at the beginning of 2022, having the ability to run Windows apps and games. Loaded with a custom AMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2 APU, and up to 512GB of storage the handheld plays a variety of games from the Steam platform – including AAA titles, indie games, and emulators.
A fair choice for gamers who want to enjoy PC games on the go, while not missing out on the option to be productive with web browsing, document editing, and coding options. The handheld comes with nuances like average battery life, availability for purchase and price. With all the leaks and speculations around, a Steam Deck 2 is poised to take on the likes of Asus ROG Ally, Razer Edge, Ayaneo Geek and Nintendo Switch.
Designer: Carota Design
According to Valve lead designer, Lawrence Lang “A true next-gen Deck with a significant bump in horsepower wouldn’t be for a few years.” That signals a release that could be far off than imagined. Realistically speaking a 2026 release, or if Steam finds a major bump in hardware compared to the current generation Deck, we are looking at a 2025 timeline.
This gives concept designers at Carota to muster up the probable design of the second generation of the successful Deck. Better display, battery life and a performance-oriented core that can outshine the competition will be on the agenda. Having no stick drift assisted by the Hall Effect sensor, even after years of usage will be the major selling point of the new-age handheld. Since gamers will invest in this gaming console considering a long-term horizon, premium Hall Effect sensors are a certainty in the upcoming handheld.
This concept iteration of the Valve’s handheld carries the DNA of the current generation Deck both in form and ergonomics. The dual trackpads look even better, grip buttons reassure better positioning, D-pad is now well poised and the main buttons like power and volume toggle are repositioned. The handheld has a slightly contoured shape at the edges and the display protrudes somewhat from the main body frame.
From one render of the Deck 2 concept, the wireless charging capability with the official dock can also not be counted out. Would I personally get Deck 2 if it’s this one? Most certainly, yes!
Handheld gaming propped up in the form of Merlin console with interchangeable cartridges way back in 1978. The trend for handheld gaming consoles was later sparked by Nintendo Game Boy in 1989. Then SEGA jumped into the bandwagon with Game Gear, its first ever handheld in 1990 and followed it up with the Genesis Nomad released in 1995.
Almost a decade later Sony changed the dynamics of handheld gaming with the highly popular PSP in 2004. Fast forward back to the current era and ultra-powerful handheld gaming consoles like Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally and Nintendo Switch bring high-octane action to the small screen.
Designer: WooJin Shin, Nahyun Kwon, JiHoon Park and Seungmin Hong
The portable freedom to gaming can consume hours without you ever noticing and lead to procrastination. This can push you into missing important calendar notifications. To keep you abreast of all the latest notifications without missing out on the fun gaming sessions in retro style, a team of designers has penned this SEGA handheld that revives old memories of pixelated arcade gaming. Called the SEGA-DBS, this pocketable gaming gadget doubles as a calendar to get rid of your constant smartphone addiction.
By adding the fun element of retro arcades to change the way we all perceive the boring calendar notifications, the concept intends to freshen up things. It’s like your minimalist organizer with the option to play the odd Sonic dash run. Don’t expect high-end gaming on this handheld though, and only three titles will be pre-loaded into the gadget. Remember, we are talking about decluttering stuff and keeping things simple, so this makes complete sense!
Handheld gaming consoles are making a strong comeback, by the looks of things. While Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, and Nintendo Switch already have a stellar presence in the market, Sony is also jumping on the bandwagon with Project Q handheld. The gaming console is not exactly a full-fledged handheld (what everyone would have actually loved) that can play titles, rather a gadget to stream games from PlayStation 5. Strange but true!
Since handhelds are trending more than ever, a concept gaming console that brings more features for gamers is long due. Meet Nova, a minimalist handheld for gamers who demand equal dexterity with offline as well as purely cloud-based gaming.
Designer: Elbar Nasraddinli
The handheld concept is designed specifically for the Azerbaijan gaming community, but we find its ergonomic design to be pitchable for a wider audience too. It’s got motion sensors to enhance the in-game experience for titles where a deeper immersion is desired. Elbar has kept the form factor quite thin from the middle and a bit beefy from the sides, where the gamers need a superior grip.
Nova will be available in three color options – Black, White, and Karma. The Karma being the flashiest, with a cool combination of black and white. The D-pad and the input buttons are quite subtle, with a matte finish for better control while profoundly sweating during longer sessions. Those shoulder buttons are also precisely positioned for precise input. The wide screen of the handheld console holds merit for titles that are tailored for wider screen ratios.
While we wished the joystick could have been more profound, after all, as a gamer, you don’t want to seek out tactile input in the middle of a shooting frenzy. But the thin design for the handheld is a great advantage when stacked against the likes of Switch, Deck, or ROG Ally.
At the PlayStation Showcase 2023 event, Sony unveiled a handheld device that’ll make gamers both excited and longing for more. That’s because the Japanese electronics giant did unveil the Project Q gaming device but with a spoiler.
Rather than being a follow-up of the PlayStation Vita, the handheld will be more of a streaming gadget for mirroring PlayStation 5 games when you want to shift to the smaller screen for a while. That’s something akin to the Logitech G Cloud and the Razer Edge. This further reiterates Sony’s belief in mobile gaming since they announced the Backbone One game controller a few days back.
By no stretch of imagination is this gaming handheld a competitor for Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch. It’s basically a device to be used with PS Remote Play, and looks like a stretched DualSense controller. Much like a third-party mobile gaming controller that fits your smartphone.
Even though it won’t play any games standalone or without internet connectivity, the option to stream your favorite titles on the 8-inch HD LCD screen sandwiched between the controls is simply awesome. The device will be capable of streaming games at upto 1080p and 60fps over a Wi-Fi connection. Not to forget, you’ll get all the buttons and features of DualSense controller like the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
According to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, “Innovation is our passion, and that applies to not just what games you play, but how you play them.” He further emphasized the cloud gaming aspect moving forward, making the streaming handheld a potent tool in the quest for leveraging the “trend of mobility.”
For now, Sony has just uncovered these details and there’s no word on the pricing or the release date of the Project Q handheld. That said, we are still rooting for Sony to release a dedicated gaming device that’s more than just a cloud gaming gadget and can play offline as well.
It seems to be the age of gaming handhelds once again. With the continued success of the Nintendo Switch, all sorts of portable gaming devices have popped up, ranging from PCs like the Steam Deck to dedicated Android gaming devices like the Logitech G Cloud and the new Razer Edge. Although they have actually been around far longer than these, more obscure handhelds have become more prominent because of this industry trend. Some require you to do the work of cobbling up the pieces together, while others sell a more finished product instead. The latter is the case for the latest device to hit the market, one that eschews the trending Switch form factor for something that gives a nod to Nintendo’s previous top-selling portable.
The Nintendo DS had a very good run in the gaming market, replacing the iconic Game Boy with a portable machine that got on with the times. It featured a revolutionary (for that time) dual-screen clamshell design that truly felt like a new breed rather than a Game Boy just folded in half. Almost two decades later, that design has become antiquated, but it’s exactly that nostalgia that this look-alike is aiming for.
Granted, the Retroid Pocket Flip is more like a cross between the DS and the GBA SP, having a single screen only and with a more horizontal clamshell design. It almost has the best of both worlds, with a more conventional and more comfortable form factor and a wide screen that is more common with games today. Despite its old-fashioned looks, it does stick to modern gaming features, including the basic set of controls, such as both bumper and trigger buttons.
One advantage that a clamshell design has over something like the Nintendo Switch is that you can set the angle of the screen independently of your hands. You also automatically have a protective case for the device and don’t have to worry about the screen getting scratched and the controls snagging in your bag. The design also tends to be more compact, though it does get thicker compared to a flat handheld device.
That said, the Retroid Pocket Flip is pretty much an Android device, so you might have to debate whether having a dedicated gaming device separate from your phone is worth the cost. Not all Android games are also controller-friendly, and using the touch screen, in this case, is ironically more cumbersome. Still, if you’re an avid Android gamer that uses a controller most of the time, this charming throwback could be something worth adding to your collection.