Qualcomm Partners With Razer To Launch Development-Driven G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform
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Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform to power a new generation of dedicated gaming devices. And gaming lifestyle brand Razer has teamed up with Qualcomm on a portable game development kit powered by the G3x processor.
Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform delivers performance to run all Android games, play content from cloud game libraries, stream games from a home console or PC and enjoy the entertainment of your favorite Android apps.
The first concept device, pictured above, is available today as part of the Handheld Game Development Kit powered by the first generation Snapdragon G3x. Qualcomm showcased the platform, which it sees as something of a passionate gaming platform for mobile gamers, at its annual analysts event in Hawaii.
The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform is a platform specifically designed to enhance gaming on mobile devices. The platform brings together all of the Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies to create a premium category of dedicated consumer gaming products.
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The Snapdragon G3x platform features the Qualcomm Adreno graphics processing unit (GPU) to run games at a speed of 144 fps (compared to 60 fps for many mobile phones) and high dynamic range (HDR) 10-bit for 4K gaming in over a billion color shades.
And Qualcomm said that Snapdragon Sound technology is optimized for quality, latency and robustness so gamers can locate their opponents and hear all the action around them. With AKSys support, it provides precise touch mapping technology to enable the use of the built-in controllers in a wide variety of games.
It also offers an augmented multiscreen experience by connecting to an XR viewer via USB-C to a device powered by Snapdragon G3x. It also allows a device to act as a companion controller to a 4K display TV.
To showcase the platform, Qualcomm Technologies has partnered with Razer to create the first Snapdragon G3x handheld game development kit, which is available exclusively to developers starting today. Razer takes pride in creating designs that appeal to gamers, and their entire brand is built around the gamer lifestyle.
âRazer is extremely pleased to partner with Qualcomm Technologies and support them in their journey to introduce cutting-edge new technology to the global gaming industry,â Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer, said in a statement. âTogether, Qualcomm Technologies and Razer will lead the way with new and innovative solutions that push the boundaries of fidelity and quality available in handheld games, transforming the way these games are experienced. “
The dedicated portable development kit has been designed around the Snapdragon G3x platform to support features such as a 6.65 inch OLED display with Full HD + resolution and 10-bit HDR. The screen can operate up to 120 Hz.
Qualcomm said the device can provide sustained performance allowing long-lasting play on the most demanding titles. It has a 5MP / 1080p60 webcam with dual mics that gamers can use to capture themselves playing and stream games to their audience as a streaming tool.
The device also features 5G mmWave and sub-6 and 6E Wi-Fi for the fastest connectivity for low latency, fast downloads and uploads, and the most reliable connection. And it’s been designed for easy-to-grip controls and comfortable gameplay over an extended period of time. The SDK also includes built-in controller mapping from AKSys to provide precise touch-to-controller mapping technology to enable the use of the built-in controllers in a wide variety of games.
On this device, you can play native Android titles or stream your favorite games from your favorite cloud gaming platforms like Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate. And you can also access your library of Steam games on the go.
Speaking at a press briefing, Micah Knapp, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, said there are 2.5 billion mobile gamers in the world and that $ 90 billion to $ 120 billion out of the $ 175 billion The gaming industry’s dollars come from mobile gaming revenue. The share of mobile continues to grow and, by comparison, the film industry in 2020 generated less than $ 45 billion.
âWe’ve only seen a huge amount of migration to the mobile gaming space for many reasons,â Knapp said. âAnd one of the things we noticed is that we look at console gamers, PC gamers, or mobile gamers. It’s not really the truth anymore. When we talk to PC gamers, you know they’ll be spending a dozen a week on a PC, but they’ll also be spending five or six hours a week playing on their phones.
People play games whenever they get the chance, and that’s why there are more cross-platform games like Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, and Call of Duty.
Qualcomm is doing it now because there aren’t enough personalized gaming devices in the mobile space. And this kit will allow more hardware companies to launch such devices, he said.
The hardware prototype has dedicated controllers – joystick and buttons – for better control and fidelity, and a larger, unobstructed playing field. Knapp said it would take time to equip the developer community and allow them to make games for the device. Once this is initiated, the hardware makers can create the game hardware for the enjoyment of the consumers.
âWe’re at a tipping point where we believe there are opportunities to create unique gaming experiences and a platform specifically for gaming devices,â Knapp said.
The device has a user interface that allows you to easily navigate through your favorite games and different types of games. When asked if the model looks like the Steam Deck or the Nintendo Switch, Knapp said there is a lot of room in the market for a variety of design types, and the unique identity of this kit is that of a dedicated mobile gaming device.
When asked if Qualcomm would consider launching the gaming handheld itself, Knapp said, âWe’re a chipset company. Not an appliance company. He said the partners probably would.
âWe think once they get their hands on it the sky will be the limit,â Knapp said.
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