For Nintendo, the Switch has turned out to be a real success – the console sells like sliced ​​bread! For PC gamers there is now a serious alternative that is definitely worth a look. The sale of the new "Windows console" has started.

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Update from March 9th 2021:

The Nintendo Switch alternative "Aya-Eve" first attracted attention in the summer of last year. About nine months ago the project was still in its infancy, now the Windows console is officially sold on the IndieGoGo platform!

The model with a 1 TB SSD costs the equivalent of 733 euros. The small version with 500 GB, which is offered for the equivalent of 589 euros, is already sold out. There seems to be a lot of interest. The consoles are available in white and black.

Aya Neo – this is what the Nintendo Switch alternative looks like in white and black (Image: IndieGoGo / AYA)

In addition, the manufacturers also sell a bundle consisting of the console version with 1 TB of storage, a carrying case, a screen protector, special joystick caps, a dock and the “AYA” grip for the equivalent of 809 euros.

But how does the Nintendo Switch alternative actually perform in the practical test? The YouTuber ETA PRIME was able to try out the Founders Edition of the handheld and put it through its paces. The result may surprise some skeptics:

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In the video, ETA PRIME tests the performance of the AYA NEO in the games Forza Horizon 4, GTA 5, Skyrim, Street Fighter 5, Doom Eternal, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite and Crysis Remastered. The Windows console reaches medium settings in most games stable frame rates of around 60 frames per second – a great result! Only in Crysis Remastered is the performance around 30 FPS.

The bottom line is that the YouTuber is enthusiastic about the Nintendo Switch alternative. The screen, the two analog sticks and buttons as well as the haptic feedback surprised him positively. You only have to cut back on the battery life. According to him, the battery should be empty after about 2-3 hourswhen playing graphically demanding games.

The manufacturers of the AYA NEO have already announced that the handheld will be fine-tuned in future versions and that the weight will be further reduced.

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Since the start of the Nintendo Switch, the console has been selling like sliced ​​bread. So it's no wonder that even Dell announced at the beginning of the year that they were working on a switch alternative. And GPD is also trying to serve the intersection of PC gamers and handheld enthusiasts with its compact devices.

Now, however, there is another contender for the throne of the Switch alternatives, like TweakTown reports: Aya-Eve. This is a console that at first glance looks a lot like the Nintendo Switch. On the sides are all the buttons and controllers that you are used to from the Nintendo console, and the large LC display emblazoned in the middle. Like the Joy-Cons, the controllers should also be able to be used directly on the console or wirelessly.

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However, the Aya-Eve uses Windows 10 as the operating system – and there are also some notable differences under the hood. For example, an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, a current laptop CPU that is normally found in mid-range notebooks, works as the processor in the “PC switch”. There is also 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The display measures around 7 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.

Thanks to the low resolution, the integrated graphics unit of the processor should be sufficient to be able to display even current games in low settings with around 30 frames per second. In graphically less demanding games such as Rocket League, the frame rates are correspondingly higher. Here users can probably expect a permanent 60 FPS. The bottom line is that Aya-Eve offers significantly more hardware performance on paper than the Nintendo Switch, but that could have a negative effect on the device's battery life. It also remains to be seen how well the operating system can be operated with the controller.

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In addition to a USB-C and USB 3.1 A port, the first prototypes also offer a slot for microSD cards and a classic jack for headphones. A model with 47 Wh capacity is used for the battery and the current Wi-Fi 6 standard for WLAN. With a weight of 650 grams, Aya-Eve is significantly heavier than a regular Nintendo Switch (around 400 grams), but still significantly lighter than the current GPD Win Max, which weighs just under 800 grams.

It is currently believed that the Aya-Eve could hit the market for around $ 600. If this information and the quality of the end product are correct, GPD and the team behind the SmachZ should dress warmly. Because for the price you get a surprising amount of hardware at first glance. The PC alternative is unlikely to be a bestseller like the Nintendo Switch, but fans should definitely keep an eye on the project – even if it will take some time before the project is ready for the market.