Ayn, the maker of the Odin Android handheld, is releasing a lineup of what it calls the “most affordable” transportable Windows gaming consoles but (through Liliputing). The most cost-effective of the bunch starts at simply $299 — $100 lower than the 64GB Steam Deck.
Ayn introduced the information in a YouTube video and a series of posts on Instagram, giving us a glance at what we will anticipate for appears to be like, tech specs, and pricing. While the entry-level $299 Loki Mini comes with 64GB of storage and an Intel Alder Lake U chip, the usual Loki handheld has an AMD Ryzen 5 6600U chip with three completely different storage choices: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB, every costing $499, $599, and $699, respectively. The $799 Loki Max options an upgraded AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and 512GB of storage.
If you’re not proud of the quantity of storage that comes with the machine, you might be able to improve after buying it. YouTuber Taki Udon learned that every mannequin may include swappable storage, which means you might need the choice of giving your storage a lift when you begin working out of area (through Liliputing).
On the surface, it appears to be like just like the Ayn Loki inherits most of its design from the Switch-like Odin, however as Liliputing notes, it swaps a colourful set of buttons in an X, A, B, Y configuration to a strong black or white scheme with the identical Y, B, A, X association you’d discover on an Xbox controller. There’s additionally a USB-C port and headphone jack on the underside of the machine.
Judging by one other one in every of Ayn’s Instagram posts, it appears to be like just like the Loki is ready for launch tomorrow at 9:00PM EST, and will seemingly be obtainable to buy from its website. Taki Udon additionally signifies that Odin homeowners could get entry to the Loki lineup at discounted costs, however it’s unclear how a lot Ayn will take off.
Ayn is only one model making an attempt to tackle the Steam Deck. Another firm, Aya Neo, made its first handheld gaming PC available on Indiegogo final 12 months. It has since come out with the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide, each of which characteristic the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and Radeon 680M iGPU that would beat the Steam Deck on paper. Aya Neo hasn’t launched pricing data on these two fashions but, however they aren’t more likely to be as reasonably priced because the entry-level Loki Mini or Steam Deck — most of Aya Neo’s handhelds value upwards of $1,000. That’s most likely why Aya Neo just released the Aya Neo Air lineup, a set of lighter handhelds that begin at $549 for an AMD Ryzen 5 5000U processor and 128GB of storage.