The Nintendo Switch is an absolute bestseller. Thanks to its compact size, the console can be easily transported, but the handheld is not as flexible as a PC. No wonder that some users want a PC alternative to the switch. Exactly one is currently under development – and the first information and pictures look promising.
Aya-Eve: Switch competitor relies on Ryzen processor and 16 GB RAM
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the console has been selling like bread. No wonder that even Dell announced earlier this year that it would be working on a switch alternative. With its compact devices, GPD also tries to serve the intersection of PC gamers and handheld enthusiasts.
Now, however, there is another contender for the throne of switch alternatives, such as TweakTown reports: Aya-Eve. This is a console that at first glance looks a lot like the Nintendo Switch. On the sides are all buttons and controllers that you are used to from the Nintendo console, in the middle the large LC display is emblazoned. Like the Joy-Cons, the controllers should also be directly clicked into the console or used wirelessly.
However, Windows 10 is used as the operating system for the Aya-Eve – and there are also some notable differences under the hood. For example, the processor in the "PC switch" is an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, a current laptop CPU that is normally found in mid-range notebooks. There are also 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The display measures about 7 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.
Thanks to the low resolution, the processor's integrated graphics unit should be sufficient to be able to display current games in low settings at around 30 frames per second. In graphically less demanding games like Rocket League, the frame rates are correspondingly higher. Here users can probably count on a permanent 60 FPS. The bottom line is that Aya-Eve offers significantly more hardware performance on paper than the Nintendo Switch, but this could have a negative impact 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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The first prototypes offer a USB-C and a USB 3.1 A port as well as a slot for microSD cards and a classic jack connection for headphones. The battery is based on a model with 47 Wh capacity, the WLAN on the current Wi-Fi 6 standard. 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 assumed that the Aya-Eve could come on the market for a price of 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 become 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.