Aya Neo is the portable console that wants to revolutionize the industry with a Windows 10 operating system and performance worthy of a PC gamer. Will it succeed in dethroning the Nintendo Switch? Reply in May, when the first consoles will be sent to those participating in the crowdfunding operation.
Launched on 6 March 2021, the crowdfunding campaign to develop the Aya Neo console has already reached 2,802% of its target. More than 1 507 903,19$ was donated, for a pool initially set at €45,464. The success of this project is no longer to be seen: it has attracted players’ attention.
But what is this new console that wants to conquer the market of portable game consoles?
A portable console that has the same capabilities as a PC? This is the bet that Aya Neo wants to take up. It takes the design of the Nintendo Switch with a touch screen and joysticks with several buttons and joysticks, but it adds a processor equipped is a Ryzen 5 4500U that can range from 2.4 to 4 GHz with six cores. It is backed by a Radeon Vega 6, 16GB RAM graphics card and 512GB or 1TB storage via a NVMe SSD.
The 5-point multitouch touch screen with a 7-inch diagonal (larger than the Switch) has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Another strong promise: a battery that gives five to six hours of use, compatible with the fast charge at 65 W. Finally, control level, we find joysticks, a directional cross, a gyroscope and a vibration system.
The console should be available in two colors: Light Moon (white) and Dark star (black). On the crowdfunding page, the price of the console seems to be set at 869 dollars (731 euros) for the version at 500 GB, and 969 dollars (815 euros) for 1 TB. Much more expensive, then, than a Switch or even a PS5. Will it be sold at the same price in store? No release date is yet given. Only those who contributed to the campaign should start receiving their console as of May.
Despite this substantial price, the Aya Neo project has conquered the players. It must be said that the promise is beautiful: a portable console capable of running GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Fifa 2021, Forza Horizon 4, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and even… Cyberpunk 2077.
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