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The success of the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck has spawned a new interest in handheld consoles, which has always been with both console and PC gamers, but was somewhat dormant, if not dead.

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And now there is a new option thanks to Odin, a portable console that could be classified as a handheld computer, created by AYN and financed by crowdfunding, which, as Kotaku indicates, those who have been able to try it, is a kind of “Beautiful son of Nintendo Switch and Sony PSP”.

Source: KotakuSource: Kotaku

Odin features a 5.98-inch IPS LCD display, making it smaller than a Switch, larger than a Switch Lite, and much more comfortable to hold either. Its configuration consists of a Snapdragon 845, 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, depending on whether the Base or Pro version is purchased, among which the storage of 64 GB or 128 GB also differs, as well as a 5000 mA battery. or 6000mA, respectively.

According to John Walker, the Odin is not designed to play AAA titles, but rather it is typecast in the consoles that are used to emulate our beloved retro games, something that it fulfills since among its performance tests, blabla ensures that it is the first device of hand emulation that you have used and that can execute the classic N64 / Dreamcast shoot ’em up, Bangai-O, which when executed occupies a lot of resources such as the processor, something that also happens in this console, but without smoke from the sides ”, also highlighting its ability with PS2 titles, such as Spider-Man 2, delivering a solid frame rate.

The console comes with a custom version of Android 10, with a functional Google Play Store to download any emulation software -including RetroArch-, but there are also tutorials to install Windows 11 on Odin Pro, in case someone wants to try Steam on it. As an example, a video shows how Cuphead runs at a constant 51 FPS and Skyrim achieves 45-50.

Odin comes in three different versions of the $ 287 Odin Pro, which has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The $ 239 non-Pro Odin has the same Snapdragon 845 but half the RAM and storage and the $ 198 Odin Lite also has 64GB storage and 4GB RAM but swaps the Snapdragon for a MediaTek Dimensity D900.

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