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The Play Station Portable is reportedly able to play GTA Liberty City natively, thanks to fresh hack. (Source: Andy Nguyen via Twitter)

PlayStation Portal hacked to run GTA Liberty City natively, thanks to the PPSSPP emulator

In a significant breakthrough in console gaming tech, hackers claim to have unlocked native gaming capabilities for the PlayStation Portal system originally designed for streaming content from the PlayStation 5 console. With the p...
Sambit Saha, 20 Feb 2024 17:54
The GPD Win 4 has a hidden physical keyboard. (Image source: GPD)

GPD Win 4 2024 and GPD G1 eGPU refreshes landing soon with various improvements over current models

GPD has announced its intentions to introduce new versions of its Win 4 gaming handheld and G1 eGPU. While the GPD G1 will gain improvements from refined I/O and additional buttons, the GPD Win 4 2024 will adopt AMD's new Ryzen 7 ...
Alex Alderson, 19 Feb 2024 18:16
GPD is all set to upgrade the AYANEO with the Ryzen 7 8840U "hawk point" APU. (Source: AYANEO)

AMD's Ryzen 7 8840U "Hawk Point" APU outperforms Steam Deck's "Van Gogh" APU at 10 watts, acccording to early benchmarks

Compared to its predecessor, the Phoenix series, the Ryzen 8000 series maintains core counts and clocks but showcases sizeable improvements. Initial reviews by tech expert Cary Golomb suggest promising performance, with the Ryzen ...
Sambit Saha, 19 Feb 2024 15:21
The Tulpar gaming handheld may well be a white-label product. (Image source: Intel)

New ONEXPLAYER X1 and MSI Claw gaming handheld rival may launch under multiple names with 1200p display and Intel Meteor Lake-H processor

It seems that Intel has developed a new gaming handheld that will soon launch under various names. Previously seen bearing 'Tulpar' branding, the white label product has previously leaked as the Emdoor EM-GP080MTL with an 8-inch a...
Alex Alderson, 19 Feb 2024 13:09
MSI Claw benchmarked against the Asus Rog Ally (Image source: 拜托了小峰峰 on Bilibili)

MSI Claw with Intel Core Ultra 7 155H struggles against Asus ROG Ally with AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme in early gaming tests

The official review embargo of the recently announced MSI Claw hasn't lifted yet, but Chinese outlets have already started to share performance results. One such gaming benchmark pits the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H of the gaming hand...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 18 Feb 2024 15:56
Steam Deck OLED and competitors with OLED screens

Steam Deck OLED or Windows handheld? Not just a question of taste

Compared to the Steam Deck, Windows handhelds with the latest processors are often much more powerful. The operating system itself may also be a obvious factor for many users. But the Steam Deck has its own advantages.
Marc Herter, 18 Feb 2024 01:58
OLED display by default for Switch 2? (image Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo Switch 2 reportedly delayed to late Q1 2025

Industry sources cited by Bloomberg suggest that Nintendo informed select game publishers about a March 2025 launch for the next gen Switch successor. Initially believed to launch later this year, the Switch 2 is allegedly pushed ...
Bogdan Solca, 17 Feb 2024 13:42
Steam Deck 1 TB OLED review: Minimalist performance, maximum gaming fun

89% Steam Deck 1 TB OLED review: Minimalist performance, maximum gaming fun

Optimized for gaming: For tech enthusiasts who are constantly on the hunt for the most powerful hardware and the highest scores in all benchmarks, the Steam Deck OLED is likely to be a disappointment. On the other hand, those who simply want to play games will be rewarded with a device that is intended precisely for gaming.
AMD Steam Deck OLED APU | AMD Radeon Steam Deck 8CU | 7.40" | 640 g
Marc Herter, 15 Feb 2024 11:22
The AYANEO Pocket S is shaping up to be one of the most powerful Android gaming handhelds around. (Image source: AYANEO)

AYANEO Pocket S shown handling up to Nintendo Switch games in first independent Android and emulation gaming performance video

The AYANEO Pocket S is edging towards release with its 1440p display and Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 chipset. While the gaming handheld is not expected to launch until early spring 2024, a prominent YouTuber has highlighted gaming perfor...
Alex Alderson, 14 Feb 2024 19:23
The TrimUI Smart Pro comes in three colour options. (Image source: Mechdiy)

TrimUI Smart Pro now available generally as budget retro gaming handheld with PlayStation Vita copycat design

The TrimUI Smart Pro is a retro gaming handheld that attempts to look like the PlayStation Vita. Equipped with a 4.96-inch IPS display and an Allwinner A133P chipset, the device also has a 4,000 mAh battery in a package that costs...
Alex Alderson, 14 Feb 2024 17:50
Upcoming Nintendo Switch 2 will reportedly get five big SEGA games announced at the last TGA (Image source: Nintendo)

Nintendo Switch 2 will get five big SEGA games, claims a known leaker

Even though the Nintendo Switch 2 is yet to be officially announced, SEGA reportedly plans to release five big games announced at The Game Awards for the upcoming gaming handheld. This report comes from a known leaker named Midori...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Feb 2024 07:15
Only a few manufacturers have released Intel Meteor Lake-based gaming handhelds yet. (Image source: Intel)

Intel teases new Meteor Lake gaming handheld following ONEXPLAYER X1 and MSI Claw announcements

It seems that a third gaming handheld based around Intel Meteor Lake silicon is on the horizon. Soon joining the ranks of the ONEXPLAYER X1 and MSI Claw, the unnamed device is produced by Tulpar and appears to have a much simpler ...
Alex Alderson, 12 Feb 2024 18:34
The MSI Claw A1M will be the first gaming handheld may be at its best with a mid-tier Intel Core Ultra processor. (Image source: Notebookcheck Reviews on YouTube)

Forget the Ultra 7: MSI Claw will be best with the Core Ultra 5 135H

CheckMag MSI was right to go to Intel for the Claw A1M, but the Core Ultra 7 155H isn't the right move. The Core Ultra 5 135H has a trick up its sleeve — a top-end iGPU combined with a more efficient mid-range CPU.
Julian van der Merwe, 09 Feb 2024 22:56
Will the Mig Switch deliver something more than just backups and piracy? (Source: Mig Switch)

The Mig Switch seems to be missing the one killer feature that could make it more than a tool for piracy

CheckMag The Mig Switch is real and it works. Or at least it does according to the YouTubers that have all received pre-release versions. While the Mig Switch is currently up for pre-order and hasn’t yet made it into the hands of the publi...
David Devey, 09 Feb 2024 22:26
The rumored Xbox handheld will support Switch-like docking. (Source: Tobiah Ens on Unsplash/Xbox/Edited)

Switch-like Xbox handheld and more powerful traditional console reportedly being prepared by Microsoft Surface team

Microsoft could be developing its own Xbox handheld console for launch in 2026. The latest rumor suggests that the handheld console is being prepared alongside a traditional console mimicking the company’s approach of releasing a ...
Fawad Murtaza, 07 Feb 2024 12:24
The Switch continues to be a hot seller, though sale growth is slowing. (Image via Nintendo and iStock, w/ edits)

Nintendo Switch lifetime sales surpass 139 million units, sales continues to cool

According to Nintendo's recently published financial reports, the Nintendo Switch is continuing to sell like hot cakes. The total number of Switch units (across all models) hit 139.36 million as of the end of December 2023. Howeve...
Sam Medley, 06 Feb 2024 17:17
The Sugar Cubes X Jelly in its horizontal format. (Image source: Sugar Cubes via Retro Dodo)

Sugar Cubes X Jelly transforms compact Android smartphone into horizontal and vertical gaming handhelds

Sugar Cubes has presented the Sugar Cubes X Jelly, a project that transforms a popular Android smartphone into a choice of two gaming handhelds. While one serves as more of a Unihertz Jelly Star controller, another overhauls the c...
Alex Alderson, 06 Feb 2024 16:51
Ayaneo will offer the Pocket S in black and white colourways. (Image source: Ayaneo)

Ayaneo reveals details of new Android gaming handheld set to rival the Ayn Odin2

Ayaneo has revealed more device specifications for the Pocket S, which it will deliver later this year with a modern Snapdragon SoC running Android. The Ayaneo Pocket S will also feature a 1440p display, plus up to 16 GB of RAM an...
Alex Alderson, 06 Feb 2024 12:48
ASUS continues to bring new features to the ROG Ally on an almost monthly basis. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

ASUS ROG Ally receives quick access TDP slider and other improvements with new updates

ASUS has added even more features to the ROG Ally, not long after it enabled gyroscope controls. This time, the ROG Ally has gained a quick access TDP slider, among other improvements.
Alex Alderson, 05 Feb 2024 20:31
The Anbernic RG556 rivals the Retroid Pocket 4. (Image source: Anbernic)

Anbernic RG556 launches as new Retroid Pocket 4 gaming handheld rival for $174.99

Anbernic has now launched the RG556, a relatively powerful gaming handheld that competes with the likes of the Retroid Pocket 4. Launching for $174.99 with Android 13, the Anbernic RG556 also has hall effect triggers and joysticks...
Alex Alderson, 05 Feb 2024 18:01
Orange Pi Neo gaming handheld detailed with Manjaro Linux and Ryzen 7 (Image source: Manjaro)

Orange Pi Neo gaming handheld runs Linux Manjaro OS and packs AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU

Orange Pi, known for having a comprehensive SBC lineup, is venturing into the gaming handheld market. The company’s first offering in this segment is called Orange Pi Neo, which will soon debut with a Linux distro called Manjaro O...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 04 Feb 2024 18:44
ASUS ROG Ally models are among the top PC handhelds available. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Deal | ASUS ROG Ally gaming handheld models on sale up to $200 off MSRP at BestBuy US before Valentine's Day

The ASUS ROG Ally models are on sale up to $200 off MSRP at BestBuy US before Valentine's Day. Powered by an AMD Ryzen Z1 series CPU, the Ally models deliver tweakble handheld performance to gamers today on a smooth 7" Freesync Pr...
David Chien, 03 Feb 2024 10:55
Sony launched the original PS Vita in 2011. (Source: Sony/Unsplash/edited)

New Sony PlayStation handheld reportedly in development with possible PS4 backward compatibility and potential PS6-generation launch

Sony could be in the early stages of developing a new handheld console per the latest report from Moore’s Law is Dead. Sony’s latest portable gaming device, the PS Portal, only streams games over the network leaving players who wa...
Fawad Murtaza, 02 Feb 2024 13:17
OneXPlayer 2 Pro Gaming-Handheld, Tablet oder Detachable im Test

85% OneXPlayer 2 Pro gaming handheld, tablet or detachable in review: multifaceted device with strong Ryzen 7

Transformer. With its clever accessories, the OneXPlay defies classification. The strong AMD Ryzen 7 7840 is great for gaming, but also performs well in many other tasks. Only the software is not quite finished yet.
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U | AMD Radeon 780M | 8.40" | 876 g
Marc Herter, 30 Jan 2024 22:20
Ayaneo Flip VC plate (Image Source: Ayaneo)

Ayaneo details VC liquid cooling system for its upcoming Flip handheld consoles

In order to unleash the full potential of AMD's Phoenix and Hawk Point APUs, Ayaneo is introducing a vapor chamber cooling system that may become standard for all future models. Even though the production costs are higher compared...
Bogdan Solca, 30 Jan 2024 16:07
MSI shares pricing details of Claw A1M gaming handheld PC (Image source: NotebookcheckReviews on YouTube)

MSI confirms pricing of MSI Claw A1M handheld gaming PC

The first gaming handheld with the Intel Meteor Lake CPUs, the MSI Claw A1M, will start at $699.99. This pricing is for the base variant that packs the Intel Core Ultra 5 135H processor. The top-specced model with the Intel Core U...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 30 Jan 2024 07:32
MSI is dancing around technicalities with its display claims for the Claw handheld gaming PC. (Image source: NotebookcheckReviews on YouTube)

Updated | MSI Claw A1M will deliver on VRR display promises

There has been some confusion about whether the MSI Claw A1M will deliver on its VRR promises, but the company has offered corrections, confirming that the gaming handheld will in fact sport VRR support.
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Jan 2024 00:43
Backbone One x Death Stranding inbound with free copy of the game

Backbone One x Death Stranding inbound with free copy of the game

Coinciding with the launch of Death Stranding on the App Store for the iPhone, Backbone has launched a new limited edition Backbone One x Death Stranding controller. Costing $125, the new accessory will also come with a free copy ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 28 Jan 2024 02:52
It's hard to picture what Asus could do to the ROG Ally to focus more on gaming.

Asus ROG Ally 2: mystery handheld PC refresh with 'focus on gaming' coming as soon as 2024

An Asus executive recently confirmed that the second-generation gaming handheld is due as soon as 2024. The updated device will continue to run Windows 11, but Asus will "focus more on gaming" in the new version — a curious statem...
Julian van der Merwe, 26 Jan 2024 23:33
Back to Win 11 for the same price. (Image Source: Ayaneo)

Ayaneo ditches HoloISO for Windows 11 on the Next Lite handheld console, price stays the same

The decision to ship the Next Lite consoles with the HoloISO OS was criticized by the user community and Ayaneo is returning to Windows 11 out of the box. HoloISO will still be available to download for users who prefer a Linux-ba...
Bogdan Solca, 25 Jan 2024 16:11
Become a seafaring bandit as Luffy in One Piece Odyssey, or smash the system as Jack in Ghostrunner II this January. (Image source: Steam - edited)

Steam sale: Pirates vs Ninjas Fest slashes prices on 4 punchy platformers and raucous RPG romps

CheckMag Dig into the fast-paced action of Ghostrunner II, seek revenge in Shadow Tactics: Aiko's Choice, or sail the open seas in One Piece Odyssey and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, all thanks to Steam's peculiar sale event. The Steam...
Julian van der Merwe, 24 Jan 2024 22:42
Nintendo confirms online services for 3DS and Wii U is coming to an end this April. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo announces termination of online services for Wii U and 3DS systems, effective this April

Nintendo has officially announced the impending termination of online services for its 3DS and Wii U systems, effective after April 8th at 4 pm PDT. However, the company states that software updates and purchased items will contin...
Sambit Saha, 24 Jan 2024 13:51
Lenovo's Legion Go handheld is finally on sale for $50 off (Image: Alex Wätzel)

Deal | Legion Go: Lenovo's Steam Deck competitor receives first-ever price cut

Lenovo's counterpart to the Steam Deck has experienced its first price drop on Amazon as a welcome 7% discount brings the 8.8-inch Legion Go gaming handheld down to a slightly more reasonable price point of $649 for the entry-leve...
Enrico Frahn, 23 Jan 2024 22:38


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