PC games are becoming more and more portable. Mini PCs like Corsair’s new One i300 are all the rage, along with streaming PC games to mobile devices or TVs. Valve’s Steam Deck is expected to be a new laptop gaming experience, and it’s getting some competition.
AyaNeo is a company that seems to be leaning more towards portable gaming PCs. Its lineup of devices looks a lot like the Steam Deck, which also looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch. A widescreen in the center with controllers featuring analog sticks, d-pad and face buttons on either side, but there’s a huge difference in build between the two, as well as price. The AyaNeo 2021 Pro, for example, packs an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor with a 1TB SSD and also costs $1,315. The Steam Decks, for comparison, are expected to have a maximum memory capacity of 512GB at $649 when released in February.
Ayaneo’s new high-end portable PC game, the AyaNeo Next Advance, is also slated for release in February. This one is a real step up, housing a Zen3 Ryzen 5800U and 2TB of storage, and is only a tiny bit more expensive than the 2021 pro at $1,345. On top of that, there’s 16GB of RAM, a 7-inch high-brightness display, customizable joysticks with Hall-effect magnetic sensors that AyaNeo says will eliminate drifting issues, fingerprint waking and more. . It’s even Wi-Fi 6E compatible if you have a router like this that can support it. It also runs its own software, Aya Space, but again the Steam Deck still seems to be able to be plugged in and used like a normal Windows PC via the USB C port. Plus, it’s a really nice piece of premium kit.
The Zen 3 chip should make the AyaNeo Next Advance very strong on the CPU side, and that extra SSD space is invaluable with today’s big AAA games. Whether all of this will be worth $700 more than the usual Steam Deck remains to be seen.
On the product page, AyaNeo lists a few specs on how the Next Advance has been tested to work in the company’s labs on various games. Most seem to talk about the power consumption of the 4100mAh battery which can run games for 2-6 hours. While the numbers are very vague without much information, it does show that Cyberpunk 2077 was running at 30FPS, although we’d love to see that in action.
The AyaNeo Next Advance is currently available for pre-order on the AyaNeo website, and is slated for release in late February with a limited number of signature editions that come with a special nameplate engraving.