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Video game consoles are getting bigger and bigger.

The original launch version of the PlayStation 5 weighs 4.5kg, nearly twice that of its predecessor (2.8kg).

The Xbox Series X was so big that many on the internet joked it was the size of a mini-fridge – which led Microsoft to manufacture an actual console-shaped mini-fridge.

But as technology progresses, it inevitably gets miniaturised as more battery, processing power and memory are crammed into smaller phone or laptop chassis.

The same applies to video games.

Nintendo blazed the trail of handheld hybrid gaming when it released the Switch, which became the fastest home console to reach 100 million units sold in 2021.

Its ability to act as a traditional TV console and portable attracted customers faster than they could be manufactured.

Now, competitors such as the Steam Deck are breaking into the market of portable gaming, boasting better graphics cards, storage, and processors.

One company that launched its portable PC over the summer is Aya.

The Chinese firm’s flagship Neo Air Pro boasts up to a hefty 30GB of RAM, decent battery time and a graphics card powerful enough to run the latest blockbuster games on your commute.

When Sky News tested it, games such as Overwatch, Call Of Duty and FIFA held up well on lower graphics settings at 60 frames per second. The unit also has a USB-C output, making it possible to connect to a physical keyboard, mouse, and monitor and turning this supercharged Game Boy into a desktop gaming PC.

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The Neo Air Pro. Pic: Aya Neo

Will video games get their own Netflix?

But mobile phones are also getting a gaming glow-up.

The advent of game streaming, similar to Netflix, allows players to run the most graphically intensive releases on the market on a mid-range smartphone.

Where your iPhone might traditionally have been used to play classics like Clash Of Clans or Farmville, it can now stream massive…



Source : skynews


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