The Nintendo Switch is a real bestseller. It is compact, well made and offers a wide range of games. However, it is not as flexible as a PC. A PC alternative to the switch – that would be awesome! Exactly one of these is currently in development – the latest information about the Switch competitor can be found at the end of the article.
Aya-Eve: Switch competitor relies on Ryzen processor and 16 GB of RAM
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 you will find all the buttons and controllers that you are used to from the Nintendo console, the large LC display emblazoned in the middle. Like the Joy-Cons, the controllers should also be able to be connected directly to the console or used wirelessly.
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 like 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 than the Nintendo Switch on paper, but that could have a negative effect on the device's battery life. It also remains to be seen how well the operating system works 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 much 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.
Update from 09/08/2020: New information on the switch alternative is currently making the rounds. For example, the name of the handheld has been changed to "AYA Neo" and a few things seem to have changed in the feature set, such as Liliputing reported. For example, the first version of the handheld is supposed to do without a detachable controller, but instead be a bit more compact. This “Founder Edition” could come onto the market as early as October.
The first scenes that show the device in action are also new. For example, the official YouTube channel shows how the console plays The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in high settings with around 30 FPS. Games like Monster Hunter: World and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are also presented.
The console never achieved particularly high frame rates, but the result is definitely respectable in the end. We will definitely keep an eye on the device and keep you updated.
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