After announcing plans to simplify the naming scheme for Snapdragon chipsets last week, Qualcomm yesterday announced its latest high-end mobile chipset called Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. You can find out how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 compares to the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset in our in-depth article. We are here to discuss something other than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. On the second day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, the company revealed its new efforts to meet the needs of the gaming sector. New dedicated chipset dubbed Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform. Here’s everything you need to know about the new gaming-focused chipset.
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform detailed (2021)
What is the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform?
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is Qualcomm’s new mobile platform for gaming. G3x Gen 1 based devices will have Native support for Android games And access to cloud gaming via Xbox Cloud Gaming. You also get the option to stream games from your console or PC through Steam Remote Play.
While we currently have gaming phones on the market, the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 aims to create a new segment of dedicated mobile gaming devices (also known as Android mobile consoles). Qualcomm is hoping to get developers on board and has partnered with Razer for a developer kit that is now available to developers. We can expect devices with the new G3x chipset under the hood from OEMs once the content system is ready.
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform: Features
With Adreno GPU, Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 platform supports Full HD gaming at 120fps. You get a resolution of up to 4K and 144fps when the device is connected to a TV. Moreover, 10-bit HDR support is here for better contrast during gaming sessions.
- Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 . Mobile Connectivity
The Snapdragon gaming platform features Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support to keep you connected during gaming sessions. In addition, it also supports mmWave and sub-6 5G. This will also be useful for cloud gaming. Needless to say, the exact 5G availability will depend on your region and on the OEM using the platform.
- Snapdragon Sound and console layout
You can get Snapdragon Sound support here, which reduces latency when paired with Snapdragon Sound compatible earphones like the Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro. Also, you get controller mapping technology to allow you to use the built-in controllers in some of the best Android games.
- Connect the XR Viewer via the USB-C port
Another feature set of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is the option to connect to an XR display via the USB-C port. You can also use the USB-C port to connect your device to a 4K TV and play games at up to 144 frames per second.
Snapdragon G3x Portable Developer Kit
To help developers adopt the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, the company is releasing a portable developer kit in partnership with Razer. Below are the specifications of the Snapdragon G3x mobile developer suite.
The development toolkit module provides a file 6.55-inch OLED display, FHD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit HDR support. In terms of connectivity, it supports mmWave 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2. For live streaming, the developer kit comes with a 5MP webcam that records 1080p footage at 60fps, and dual microphones.
As mentioned above, the unit will support Snapdragon Sound which features four-way speakers and a control layout. You get a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort for connecting XR accessories. The development kit is powered by a 6000mAh battery that supports fast charging.
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform: Laying the groundwork for Android game consoles!
The Snapdragon G3x Gen1 gaming platform is an ambitious way to meet the needs of the lucrative mobile gaming market. Besides accessing cloud gaming and streaming from a console or PC, the platform has the potential to be a ubiquitous solution for gamers. Of course, its success will depend on OEMs’ willingness to embrace the platform and customer interest. It will be interesting to see if devices with the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 processor will be able to compete with the likes of portable gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch. So, what do you think of this new Snapdragon gaming platform? Share your thoughts in the comments below.