Best Steam Deck Alternatives 2022: Ayaneo, GDP Win and more

Published: 2022-12-01T17:37:52

Updated: 2022-12-01T17:38:03

While the Steam Deck may be in stock now, alternatives still exist for those who want something different from Valve’s current offerings.

The Steam Deck is an undeniable success. It’s not the first portable PC to fit into a console case, and it won’t be the last. In fact, companies like GPD and AyaNeo are still actively developing the next generation versions of their range.

There are a few alternatives that are really worth exploring, but to put it boldly from the get-go, you won’t find anything as affordable and powerful as the Steam Deck.

This isn’t to say the others are hugely expensive, but the sweet spot of around $500 for the power of the Steam Deck is hard to beat by companies that are miniscule compared to the power that Valve possesses.

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Ayaneo Air Pro

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The Ayaneo Air Pro isn’t quite as powerful as the Steam Deck, and while it costs $600, it delivers similar performance to its Valve counterpart. Ayaneo has a wider range of consoles, with a much deeper user interface for gaming purposes.

In our testing, we found it could handle things like Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077, while smaller indie titles ran almost flawlessly once the power consumption was cranked up a bit.

What you’ll find with the Ayaneo Air Pro is a much smaller, sleeker design compared to the Steam Deck. While it may not be as powerful, it makes for an excellent 720p Windows gaming device. It also helps that it comes with a beautiful OLED screen.

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Nintendo switch

Nintendo

Yes, it would show up as an alternative. While the Switch may launch years from now, it’s the way forward for those who want the same plethora of games to take with them.

At least for now.

The three different versions of the Switch will all have the same performance, but the Lite will not connect to the TV.

Nintendo’s current prices are still significantly lower than Valve’s Steam Deck, with many of the games you’d want to play on the go also available – at much worse resolutions – on the Switch.

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However, with instant access to the Switch’s exclusives such as Zelda, Mario, and Bayonetta, the Switch is still a complete no-brainer.

A big advantage of buying games through the Switch’s eShop is the collection of ‘gold coins’, which you can then transfer to your local currency to get discounts on games.

OneXPlayer

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OneXPlayer recently announced the second edition of their handheld, but that doesn’t detract from the current picks. The two on sale now are the Mini editions, with either an Intel i7-1260P and Intel Xe graphics, or an AMD 6800U with RDNA 2 graphics.

Both devices are absurdly powerful at what they do beyond spec. Not only does the USB-4 support charging up to 100W GaN and it has Wi-Fi 6. This should ensure that data transfers, charging and even your downloads will all be extremely fast with the right hardware setup.

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These devices are a bit more expensive, but with the Steam Deck lagging behind in certain specs – namely a lack of Wi-Fi 6 – it could be a good alternative to guns.

Performance on these devices is exceptional, with performance comparable to that of the Steam Deck, thanks to the inclusion of RDNA 2 on the AMD unit. Intel’s Xe graphics will get you into most lower-resolution games without much hassle.

One to keep an eye on: GDP Win 4

GPD Win 4 opened

With a T-Mobile Sidekick aesthetic, with a built-in keyboard and slide-out screen, the GDP Win 4 is probably one of the most anticipated small form factor PCs.

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GDP has been trying to make the portable, gaming-focused PC work for ages. Each time they get closer and each time they break new ground in some ways. It’s always exciting every time they come out with something new and the Win 4 seems like a big step forward.

The Win 4 is priced between $700 and $1200 and has up to 32 GB of RAM, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U and a Radeon 680M iGPU. It’s GDP coming back for their crown and it’s certainly one to watch.

It will launch on Indiegogo, with a target launch date of March 2023.

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