Snapdragon G3x Gen 1: Qualcomm Introduces First Gaming Chip and New Razer Handheld

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Snapdragon G3x Gen 1: Qualcomm Introduces First Gaming Chip and New Razer Handheld, Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is New System-on-Chip Targeting Handheld Gaming Devices.

Snapdragon G3x Gen 1: Qualcomm Introduces First Gaming Chip,  and New Razer Handheld snapdragon g3x gen 1,  snapdragon g3x gen 1 specs
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips already power many of the best gaming phones. But the chipmaker believes it has more to offer gamers, in the form of a dedicated chipset platform built for handheld gaming devices.

That's the idea behind the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, a new system-on-chip unveiled by Qualcomm today (December 1). Qualcomm views the G3x as a chip designed to power the next generation of gaming devices.

To that end, Qualcomm is showing more than just a new chipset. It also partnered with Razer to create a portable gaming device powered by Snapdragon G3x Gen 1.

Sadly, the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Game Developer Kit will not be released to the general public. Instead, it is aimed squarely at game creators so they can build apps specifically for the types of devices Qualcomm sees as the future of gaming.

However, a report says that Microsoft has been dabbling in a possible Xbox handheld, and the Snapdragon G3x has been mentioned as a chip that could power it.


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Qualcomm executives bill the Snapdragon G3x platform as a natural extension of what the chipmaker already does with smartphones, PCs, cars, handheld devices, and mixed reality devices. In those cases, Qualcomm identified a need and developed chipsets based on performance and connectivity and plans to do the same for games.

Here are more details on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 and the handheld that it will power up.!

Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 specs and features

The Snapdragon G3x will feature Qualcomm's Adreno GPU, which is also included in its mobile phone chipsets. In the case of the G3x, the Adreno GPU will be able to support games running at 144 frames per second with 10-bit HDR. The chipset will integrate both a cooling system and a game controller.

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Snapdragon G3x Gen 1: Qualcomm Introduces First Gaming Chip,  and New Razer Handheld snapdragon g3x gen 1,  snapdragon g3x gen 1 specs
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Because this is a Qualcomm chip, connectivity is a particular highlight as the Snapdragon G3x supports 5G sub-6Hz and mmWave-based connectivity. There's also support for Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, via Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity feature. The bottom line is to expect fast connectivity speeds with minimal latency for online games.

On the audio front, the Snapdragon Sound features should provide an immersive experience, while the chipset will include a video output to connect to a 4K display. The Snapdragon G3x will also allow connection to mixed reality headsets, so the chipset will be able to boost multi-screen experiences.


The Snapdragon G3x will also support Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, which have been implemented in Qualcomm's silicon in recent years as part of the chipmaker's effort to bring desktop-style gaming to mobile devices.

Previous Snapdragon Elite Gaming additions have included forward desktop rendering for improved lighting and upgradeable GPU drivers. With the release of this year's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm is adding an Adreno Motion Engine that increases frame rates without generating more power and volumetric rendering to show effects like fog and smoke more accurately in games. I would imagine that the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 supports similar capabilities.

Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit: Qualcomm's handheld device

You'll find the Snapdragon G3x silicon that powers the handheld game developer Qualcomm and Razer have produced. The handheld device vaguely resembles an elongated Game Gear. The fact that there is a 6.65-inch OLED panel surrounded on both sides by controllers also makes the handheld look like a Nintendo Switch squashed between an Xbox Duke Controller.


Snapdragon G3x Gen 1: Qualcomm Introduces First Gaming Chip,  and New Razer Handheld snapdragon g3x gen 1,  snapdragon g3x gen 1 specs
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Qualcomm didn't build its handheld gaming device to make a splash in the gaming arena. Instead, the idea is for game creators to use the dev kit to get an idea of ​​what the Snapdragon G3x is capable of and rearrange their games accordingly to optimize them for future devices that are sure to run on the silicon recently introduced by. Qualcomm.

In addition to that 120Hz screen, the Handheld Gaming Developer Kit includes a 5MP webcam with dual microphones capable of capturing 1080p video, which is best for live streaming gaming sessions. There is a USB-C port for connecting accessories like headphones, as well as a DisplayPort via USB for connecting to external monitors. You also get 4-way speakers, as well as the ability to pair the device with wireless headphones. A 6,000 mAh battery keeps the device powered.

Qualcomm views its prototype device as a place to play all of your games, whether they're in the cloud, stored on your PC, or as part of a game console. We'll see if game makers agree and take inspiration from the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Game Developer Kit to optimize their games for that kind of handheld device.

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