A YouTube blogger from the Budget-Builds Official channel has assembled an analogue of the Steam Deck portable console. The device cost him about $30.
The basis of the device was an old tablet from 2016 with Windows OS, with an Intel Atom Cherrytrail SoC (with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU) and 2 GB of RAM. To turn the tablet into a kind of portable console, the enthusiast used a gamepad attached to the gadget. As a shell in the device, the blogger used the Steam Big Picture mode, which adapts the Steam interface for TVs and devices without a keyboard and mouse.
During the experiment, the enthusiast was able to run Skyrim. At 480p on low graphics settings, the game ran at 48 fps, while the frame rate in Minecraft at 720p was about 45 fps. In addition, the blogger compared the performance of the craft with Steam Deck in the 3D Mark Firestrike benchmark. So, the tablet scored 87 points, while the Steam Deck – 4.3 thousand points.
The battery of the budget console in game mode can work up to three hours, while as a tablet (that is, in web browsing mode), the device lasts from six to eight hours.
Another competitor to Steam Deck may appear on the market
The Chinese manufacturer One Netbook has been selling portable consoles and game controllers under the OneXplayer brand for several years now. However, these are often expensive devices with powerful hardware. And now the company is preparing a new product called OneXfly, which will be a budget solution.
The device will receive a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Inside, an AMD Ryzen 5 7520U processor from the new Mendocino line will be installed. They are designed for budget laptops, Chromebooks and consoles. This is the most productive chip in the line.
AMD Ryzen 5 7520U includes 4 cores and 8 threads, TDP is 15W. It uses the Zen 2 architecture and the graphics are the Radeon 610M accelerator based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture. But it only has 2 cores. For comparison, the AMD Ryzen 5 6600U graphics subsystem has 6 cores, while the Ryzen 7 6800U has 12.
Note that the processor is somewhat similar to the one used in Steam Deck, but the graphics are weaker. The chip in the Valve console also has 4 cores and 8 threads, the frequency is 2.4-3.5 GHz, and the RDNA 2 graphics has 8 cores, not 2.
Thus, the console will “pull” only fairly simple games, but it will be cheap. It can potentially play cloud games, indie projects or old games. Price and release date have not yet been announced. It is also unknown whether the novelty will appear only in China or worldwide.
“Personally, I have just crazy freezes in games.” Gamers are massively complaining about the big Windows 11 update
Microsoft wouldn’t be itself if Windows 11’s first major update – Windows 11 2H22 – turned out to be hassle-free. Users (and especially gamers) faced a lot of difficulties after installing the update. Most frequent complaints — on the drop in frame rate in games (this is especially true for Nvidia 3D accelerators), the slowdown of the OS itself, and the blue screen of death.
The largest American form of Reddit is full of resentment. “Personally, I just have crazy freezes in games. Removed the update – it became much better”, wrote one Reddit user.
Another commenter noticed significant FPS drops immediately after the update. According to him, it became impossible to play, while he has a fairly powerful hardware, and before the update of the operating system, there were no problems with games.
A third forum member notes that the same problems were observed in the Windows 22H2 beta version three months ago. The user thought that everything would be fixed in the final version of the update, but this did not happen. “Thank you for wasting another hour of my time“, — wrote a disgruntled Reddit user, referring to Microsoft. By the way, he noted that after installing Windows 22H2, even scrolling the page in the browser turns out to be “twitchy”.
After installing Windows 22H2, there are also problems with sound. A variety of games slow down, including relatively undemanding ones like Call of Duty. Nvidia has joined the investigation and is asking users to submit more data. It is possible that soon the company will update the GeForce driver specifically taking into account the problems identified in Windows 22H2.
For now, everyone has the same recommendation. — do not install the update, and if it is already installed — roll back.
Logitech introduced G Fits headphones for gamers
Logitech introduced the G Fits wireless headphones. They are positioned as a gaming solution and support not only a Bluetooth connection, but also Lightspeed high-speed wireless technology.
An interesting feature of the device is the ability to take the shape of the ear of its owner. Thanks to Lightform technology, G Fits silicone eartips “melt” and fill the space of the ear, taking on its individual form. You can control the process through a special application, you only need to adjust the shape of the ear pads once. As a result, the headphones provide high-quality protection against external noise, and also will not fall out.
Logitech G Fits have seven hours of battery life on a single charge when connected via LightSpeed and ten hours when using Bluetooth, with the charging case extending that time by eight and twelve hours, respectively. Speech clarity is ensured by two microphones in each earpiece. The model is available in black and white. The Logitech G Fits will be available in October for $229.99.
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