The rise of portable PCs/consoles is undeniable, with the Chinese ONE X PLAYER integrating a Core i7 1260p. This Windows machine allows you to play Jedi Fallen Order in full HD detail at over 30 frames per second.
I had GPD, then AYA and here is ONE X PLAYER. China is full of small manufacturers who are passionate about gaming phones that refine, year after year, the format of a “Switch” sauce PC. If Steam Deck is THE console/PC that has the wind in its sails thanks to the power of Valve, these Chinese companies have for them the double argument of power and versatility.
Because when the Steam Deck is shown as a console with an internal operating system that can be hijacked (and quite imperfectly), Chinese consoles like this ONE X PLAYER Edition Mini Gundam they’re real Windows 11 PCs. In other words, simply connect it to a display and your keyboard/mouse kit to transform this console into a desktop PC. With your files, your software and… your games!
Up front, an 800p (1280×800 pixels) touchscreen. In essence, high-end ultraportable components: a powerful Core-i7 1260P, 16 GB of LPDDR5 and 1 TB of NVMe SSD. This explains a little the price of 1260 dollars… in China. Because once again, to obtain the jewel, it is necessary to go through importation, which adds costs (delivery, VAT at the border) and additional risks. This is THE great obstacle to buy, after the brands are completely unknown to the general public.
Xe 96 EU – Games run smoothly at 800p
Neither GeForce nor Radeon, the integrated graphics chip in the Intel 1260P is the Intel Xe. As the PC processor giant prepares to make the leap into the dedicated GPU arena in both towers and laptops with its ARC lineup, it’s worth remembering that it’s already believable in iGPUs embedded in processors.
In two generations (IRIS Plus on Icelake 10me Gene and Xe at Tigerlake 11me gene and alderlake 12me gen), Intel has caught up with AMD and its Radeon Vega. Less compatible than its AMD competitor, Intel’s chip is nonetheless as powerful, if not more powerful than the Radeon, even in an octa-core configuration (Vega 8). In the future, RDNA 2 should give AMD the upper hand with the Ryzen 6000, but for now, Intel is (finally!) doing a good job with its iGPUs.
How does this translate into play? During our brief introduction to Benjamin, the only Frenchman who was able to get his hands on the precious machine, we were simply amazed. With the only game installed” Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order “, our gaming experience is… very limited. But while you had to fiddle with the graphics options to be able to run the game decently on a Core 10me generation, now it is (almost) Open bar.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order runs like a charm and strictly at 25+fps at 800p, all details ruined. A few visual sacrifices would allow the game to be pushed between 45 and 60fps, suggesting real gaming comfort in the edgiest of titles. Without losing too much quality: On such a display, some reflections are barely noticeable gimmicks to a major power-hungry add-on.
What about autonomy? If they tell you “between 1:40 am and 5:00 am”, you have the right to think that they are making fun of you… and yet they are not. On the one hand, the brightness or the accesses and uses of the network have a significant impact on the duration of the 48 Wh battery on board. But on the other hand, its Intel Core i7 1260P processor (and its integrated GPU part) are configurable without rebooting. Depending on the power required by your games – chrono trigger SNES on your good old emulator or cyberpunk 2077 – you will be able to slide the slider from 11 W to 35 W (be careful, the processor is initially rated for 28 W).
This configurable power is already found on Valve’s Steam Deck. Excluding Nintendo or the potential return of Sony, who retain full control of their machines (sometimes for good reason!), it’s a safe bet that if the machine format takes hold it will become a habit for gamers. Vary the power of the machine as needed. The required difference between titles often ranges from one to fivefold depending on the presence of 3D and advanced graphic effects.
On the autonomy side, in (long) mobility, it will be necessary to lower the detail levels to stay below 20 W to be able to enjoy two or three hours of play. For a subway ride or use in a docked position, the 28-35W modes will give your display/TV more power. And do not say that the power is not enough to play on a 55-inch TV: that’s it. zelda breath of the wild on Switch under these conditions, and the graphics quality of the Tegra X1 is light years ahead of what a Xe 96 EU can produce.
The giants are waiting, the Chinese are working.
As long as Asus, Dell, Acer or HP do not get hold of this type of format, it is true that it is difficult to decide on its durability, which only Chinese gamers seem to want to develop. However, we can only try to follow the more and more frequent announcements of new entrants whose names look more and more like Kamoulox – like AOKZOE, all caps yes (don’t laugh) – but with mouth-watering fact sheets. The arrival of the Ryzen 6800U whose part of the CPU, but especially the GPU, should push the Steam Deck processor, however, suggests that there is a bright future for these consoles. Unless it’s in the line of ARM chips, like the Snapdragon G3x we told you about last December.
Regardless, the Switch has done the work of popularizing the format, Steam proving that you can take advantage of your PC’s library of toys on the go. But it is the Chinese from AYA and ONE X PLAYER who create the most beautiful machines, and who really draw the (potential) future of a format that has the great advantage of not forcing you to buy games with each platform change!
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