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The success of the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck has sparked a new interest in portable consoles, which has always been among console and PC gamers alike, but has been somewhat dormant, if not dead.
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And now there is a new option thanks to Odin, a portable console that can be classified as a portable computer, made by AYN and financed by crowdfunding, which, as Kotaku points out, has allowed those who have tried it, a kind of “beautiful son of Nintendo Switch and Sony PSP”.
Odin has a 5.98-inch IPS LCD display, making it smaller than a Switch, bigger than a Switch Lite, and also much more comfortable to hold. The configuration consists of a Snapdragon 845, 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, depending on whether the Base or Pro version is purchased, also differing in storage of 64 GB or 128 GB, as well as a 5000 mA battery. or 6000mA, respectively.
According to John Walker, the Odin is not designed to play AAA titles, but rather being typecast in the consoles used to mimic our beloved retro games is something it meets, as blabla in its performance tests ensures that it is the first device of hand emulation you have used that can run the classic N64/Dreamcast shoot ’em up, Bangai-O, which when run takes a lot of resources like the processor, something that also happens in this console, but with no smoke from the sides”, also highlighting the possibility with PS2 titles, such as Spider-Man 2, delivering a solid frame rate.
The console comes with a modified version of Android 10, with a functional Google Play Store to download all the emulation software -including RetroArch-, but there are also tutorials to install Windows 11 on Odin Pro, in case anyone wants to try Steam on it. . As an example, a video shows Cuphead running consistently at 51 FPS and reaching Skyrim 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 of storage and 4GB of RAM but swaps the Snapdragon for a MediaTek Dimensity D900.
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