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The success of the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck sparked new interest in handheld consoles, which has always been with 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, 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”.
Odin has a 5.98-inch IPS LCD screen, which makes it smaller than a Switch, bigger 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 we buy the Base or Pro version, among which the storage of 64 GB or 128 GB also differs, as well as a battery of 5000 my. or 6000mA, respectively.
According to John Walker, the Odin is not designed to play AAA titles, but rather is typed into consoles that are used to emulate our beloved retro games, which it fulfills since among its benchmarks, Walker assures that it is the first handheld emulation device you have used that can run the classic N64/Dreamcast shoot ’em up, Bangai-O, which when run takes up a lot of resources such as the processor, which also happens in this console, but without smoke from the sides”, also highlighting its ability with PS2 titles, such as Spider-Man 2, offering 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 for installing Windows 11 on Odin Pro, at in case anyone wants to try Steam on it. As an example, a video shows how Cuphead runs at a constant 51 FPS and Skyrim hits 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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