Qualcomm Enters the Mobile Gaming Space
Qualcomm revealed its new flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset for smartphones and the G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform, in partnership with Razer. While the announcement of a dedicated mobile gaming device is generating the most buzz, the former could ultimately shake up the gaming space even more.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
The usual promised gains in performance and power efficiency — battery life tends to be the bottleneck for mobile gaming — are significant. But it’s Qualcomm’s addition of AI supersampling — think of a less powerful version of Nvidia DLSS, which offers a shortcut to 4K — could be a gamechanger. Improved dev tools should also make mobile titles more appealing for studios.
G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform
The device that Qualcomm created with Razer is a development kit and not available for purchase. It could, however, open the door to Razer or other manufacturers producing a similar device. The mobile game console could offer performance rivaling the Nintendo Switch, but likely still a step behind Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck.
- 5G connectivity
- HDR-capable 1080p, 120Hz OLED display easily beats out displays for the Switch and Deck
- Xbox Game Pass and other game streaming services
- 1080p webcam
- 5G could make game streaming truly portable and distinguish it from the Switch and Deck
- Its hardware could be easier to source than dedicated gaming GPUs
- Qualcomm’s larger market share could mean foundries give it priority
- Much of the console’s success would rest on how much support it has from game studios and software/app devs