Steam Deck fans who want to play PC games on the go ASAP have another option instead of queuing to order the out-of-stock Valve handheld. At the moment, if you want to get a Steam Deck, you’ll have to wait a few months – any orders you place now should be fulfilled between October and December of this year. An alternative to the Steam Deck is the Ayaneo Air – which is an Indiegogo-funded handheld.
The Ayaneo Air will start shipping at the end of August, with prices starting at £414.
The crowdsourced handheld – like the Steam Deck – lets you play PC games on the go.
However, there are a few key alternatives – firstly, the Ayaneo Air comes with Windows 11 installed by default, while the Steam Deck has SteamOS loaded on it.
This will help the Ayaneo Air play even more games from a variety of different online stores.
Plus, one of the other big draws of the Ayaneo Air is that it comes with an OLED display – while the Steam Deck has an LCD display.
The Ayaneo Air features a Ryzen 5 5560 U with 16GB of onboard RAM and 512GB of storage.
That’s the same amount of RAM as the Steam Deck and the same storage as the high-end Steam Deck.
But there are some important things to point out – the Steam Deck is a much bigger device, sporting a seven-inch display while the Ayaneo Air has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display.
And, as YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer pointed out in a hands-on test, the Steam Deck offers better gaming performance thanks to its RDNA 2 architecture.
It’s just a more powerful machine overall.
Talking about whether it’s worth taking the Ayaneo AirMVG said: “I think it’s a solid device and a pretty good handheld – let’s be clear, this is a weaker system than the Steam Deck, which is the more powerful product.
“But at the end of the day, I think those of you who might be interested in the Air are looking for a smaller form factor, a handheld that you can easily fit into your product and with that amazing OLED display, it really is the icing on the cake.
“The Air model is priced at $500 and it’s not cheap, but you get a ton of value here. If you go into this purchase knowing that this device will handle indie games extremely well and select triple A games at low settings and deliver an above average emulation experience, you will be more than happy with this device.”
The Steam Deck is available in three different configurations with the cheapest model priced at £349.
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