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Qualcomm's latest dev kit is designed to tear down platform barriers
The new platform aims to maximize performance while supporting "all your favorite games."
December 2, 2021
1 Min Read
Qualcomm has debuted a new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform and G3x Handheld developer kit it claims will break down platform barriers.
The company explained its new platform aims to maximize performance while supporting "all your favorite games, no matter what platform, on one device."
It's a pledge similar to the one Valve made earlier this year with Steam Deck, a handheld device that will seemingly be capable of playing a plethora of Steam titles including AAA projects.
"The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform is purpose-built and designed to create a new category of dedicated gaming devices," reads a Qualcomm FAQ.
"Based on our experience with Snapdragon Elite Gaming features and technology, we constructed a gaming platform that lets you play the types of games the majority of gamers love to play: mobile games. But here's what's awesome about it. In addition to access to a huge library of Android mobile games, you can stream and play PC games, cloud games, and console games."
The dev kit itself will reportedly deliver "massive thermal headroom" and a "large, high frame rate screen" capable of handling performance heavy titles.
Qualcomm notes that console and PC titles can be brought to the platform by leveraging cloud streaming, whether that means streaming from hardware or a dedicated cloud service. "More gaming in more places" is the elevator pitch, and it's one that's becoming increasingly prominent across the games industry.
You can learn more about the Snapdragon G3x platform over on the Qualcomm website.
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