Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New Aya Neo Reviews Show Handheld Console Capable of Running Crysis Remastered

Remember the Aya Neo? The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U-powered, portable handheld gaming machine first made its debut back nearing the end of last year, but lacked any proper demonstration of its gaming prowess.

The good news is that the Switch-inspired portable console recently began shipping out to its first batch of consumers, with some of them actually posting up their first impressions and in-depth reviews of the machine. In one video review posted by ETA Prime, the YouTuber shows off the Aya Neo’s synthetic benchmarks, along with a laundry list of high-end PC games. And yes, that list includes Crysis Remastered.

Now, it goes without saying that the Aya Neo wasn’t crushing it in the graphics department with all the titles. In the case of Crysis Remastered, ETA Prime says that they were only able to get the game running “smoothly” at the 30 fps average mark, and that’s through a combination of low-medium settings.

Additionally, Youtuber Taki Udon also demonstrated the Aya Neo’s capability at running older PlayStation titles via an emulator and more specifically, playing them at wattages as low as 5W. Ultimately, Taki Udon shows that the console is more than capable of maintaining between 30 fps and 60 fps – the framerate cap is different for each title – across the board, and that includes some PC gaming titles.

To recap on the specs, The Aya Neo features a 6-core Ryzen 5 4500U processor, with onboard Vega graphics cores housing 834 Stream Processors. Additional hardware include 16GB LPDDR4X RAM running at 4266MHz, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 47WHr battery. For connectivity, there are three USB-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and built-in Wi-Fi 6 support.

On another note, the Aya Neo isn’t the first Chinese-made handheld console to be released out in the wild. Some of you may have heard of the One Gx1 Pro and GDP Win3 handheld consoles, but the difference between those two and the Aya Neo is the chip they run on; unlike the Aya Neo, both the One Gx1 Pro and GDP Win3 are powered by Intel’s Tiger Lake CPU and Xe Graphics.

In terms of price, the Aya Neo Founders Edition costs 3999 Yuan (~RM2502). At the time of writing, there is no indication as to whether or not the console will arrive in Malaysia.

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