Anbernic could be developing a portable Windows gaming PC

Anbernic is a Chinese company that manufactures portable gaming devices, most of which are powered by Android or Linux software and designed for retro gaming. But it looks like the company is developing its first Windows-powered portable gaming PC.

This could make the next Anbernic Win600 an option for gamers looking to play modern PC games, although the new model is probably Anbernic’s most expensive system to date – most of the company’s current devices tend to sell for between 50 $ and $250.

Anbernic hasn’t officially announced the new Windows handheld, but a series of images included in a recent patent application show pretty clearly that the device is designed to run Windows. A video of what is said to be an engineering sample also started making the rounds recently.

The video shows a device that looks very similar to the rendered images we saw earlier, with a screen in the center, surrounded by game controllers including a D-Pad, two analog sticks, X, Y, A. and B buttons, and shoulder buttons. There’s a vent on the back, indicating the device is being actively cooled, and USB Type-A and Type-C ports on the top of the system.

There’s also a Home key on one side and a Windows key on the other, which will likely work as a Start key. Other features should include stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack and microphone.

On the left side of the device there’s also a switch that lets you toggle between game controller and mouse modes, a feature we’ve seen on other Windows handhelds, which makes Windows a bit easier to navigate on devices without a physical mouse or keyboard. This will most likely allow you to move a cursor with an analog stick while using the action buttons for left and right click actions.

There’s no word on specs or pricing, but there seems to be a safe bet that a Windows handheld will have a more expensive processor than most of Anbernic’s systems to date, which will increase the price accordingly.

If and when Anbernic’s Windows handheld hits the market, it will join an increasingly crowded space that is currently populated by small Chinese companies like GPD, One Netbook and AYA as well as Valve’s Steam Deck (which will ship with the Linux-based Steam OS, but has all the necessary hardware for Windows gaming if anyone feels the urge to replace the OS).

via RightX, Taki Udon/r/anbernic (1)(2), and Obscure handhelds

This article was originally published on January 17, 2022 and most recently updated on March 27, 2022.

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