Aya Neo is a Switch-like laptop. Its platform, based on AMD's Ryzen 5, is capable of running games such as Cyberpunk 2077 or Crysis Remastered. It also handles many other games very well, including GTA 5 and Doom Eternal, as well as many emulators.
Do you know the Aya Neo ? If the answer is positive: congratulations! Otherwise, do not worry: you are part of the vast majority. This is a relatively project that will soon be the subject of a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. And it is a very interesting platform that is currently being talked about because the first technical tests have come out. And they are, for some, quite amazing.
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Let's first present the physical aspect of the product. Similar to a GDP Win 3 (how, you don't know either?), but without the full keyboard hidden under the screen, the Aya Neo is a handheld console that looks a lot like a Switch when it's in handheld mode, with the Joycons hooked up on the slices (or even a Switch Lite). On the sides, you find two analog sticks, a directional cross and multiple keys.
The body of a Switch, the heart of a gaming PC
Its screen measures 7 inches, ie 0,8 inches more than that of the Switch. The backlight technology is IPS LCD. The definition is WXGA (1280 x 800), i.e. a resolution of 215 pixels per inch. This figure is relatively low compared to smartphones. But it should remain sufficient to play. Its weight is relatively high, since it reaches 650 grams (compared to around 400 grams for the Switch).
But the Aya Neo is obviously not just a clone of the Nintendo console. Because it runs on Windows 10. Hey, yes: it's also a PC! So what do we find in this little chassis? First an AMD SoC: the Ryzen 5 4500U. This component incorporates 6 cores clocked at 2,3 GHz (and up to 4 GHz in overclock). The graphics chipset is a Radeon Vega 6 clocked at 1,6 GHz. The platform is accompanied by 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage and 47wH battery 65 watt fast charge compatible. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connections complete the package.
The Aya Neo runs Cyberpunk 2077 at 30 fps!
So what can you do with the Aya Neo? Play of course! And, surprisingly, this small console under Windows 10 behaves relatively well with the most recent titles such as the great classics of the PC toy library. Some bloggers and those who pre-ordered it received an early version of the platform and were able to experience its capabilities. The following results are from their tests. And the first big surprise: CyberPunk 2077, the CDProject RED title that has caused so much ink to flow in recent months, is running relatively well.
Indeed, the game benefits from a framerate of 30 frames per second. Or a sufficient fluidity to be pleasant. Of course, you have to make some concessions: the quality of the graphics is at a minimum. However, the definition of the screen is also minimalist. So that's not really a problem. Other games are tested: Crysis remastered at 42 ips, Fortnite at 77 ips, Doom Eternal at 62 ips, GTA 5 at 68 ips, Forza Horizon 5 at 67 fps, or Skyrim Special Edition also at 60 fps.
PC games, yes, but above all emulators!
It is obviously very surprising to see Cyberpunk 2077 running on a portable console. And this type of initiative could revive interest in mobile PC gaming, despite the concessions that must be made to obtain a smooth experience. Another advantage of having a PC in this console is the abundance of emulators compatible with Windows. Some tests visible on YouTube also allow you to test the performance of the Aya Neo with emulators. And, once again, it's a good surprise: many emulators run very well, even some of the most demanding, like PCSX2, Dolphin or PPSSPP.
These first tests are really very encouraging. The units that have been tested are not identical to the commercial versions, but they are close enough to assess the quality and performance of the final product. It remains to know the final price (which should be around 700 dollars). The console will be offered to the general public from March 10.
Source : WCCF Tech