Ayn’s latest gaming device resembles a PSP and has the potential to fulfill the void created by the absence of Sony’s top portable console.

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This portable might continue the PSP’s legacy

Ayn Technologies’ previous handheld, the Ayn Odin 2, is an excellent Android portable with great performance and control. It earned five out of five stars in our review and set itself up as one of the best PC gaming handhelds on the current market. Now, Ayn Technologies has revealed its next handheld, which is a new version and a departure from the Odin 2.

There aren’t too many details on the upcoming portable, but we do know some specs right now, thanks to a report from Notebookcheck. First, the system will only weigh 320g, which is about 31% lighter than the Odin 2 at 420g and 9% lighter than its competition, the Ayaneo Pocket S at 350g.

It’s also been confirmed to have a mini-LED screen delivering 1,100 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 155% sRGB color gamut. The Odin 2 has also been confirmed to not run Windows, which most likely means it will run Android as the OS, but Ayn isn’t offering a confirmation at this time.

Ayn’s latest handheld is filling an important niche in the handheld market, one left behind by Sony’s PSP, which is easily the tech giant’s best portable. It was a monster in sales, reaching 80.79 million units sold globally, with the highest sold title under it being Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (4.6 million units).

Additionally, it can’t be a coincidence that this new portable from Ayn looks incredibly similar to the PSP and that it’ll most likely target those who want to play smaller-scale titles as well as solid emulation options for those interested in retro games. Though we don’t know for sure, it’s easy to assume that’s the idea when looking at the Odin 2 and how it hits a mix of that audience and those wanting to play the best PC games.

However, this upcoming model is smaller, meaning that performance might take a hit. But if people can play indie titles as well as AA and emulated retro games – and for a much more reasonable price than other PC gaming handhelds – it could end up being a huge hit with those wanting that niche filled. Especially those who were expecting the PS Vita to continue that legacy but ultimately failed.

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Furthermore, this new handheld device weighs only 320g, making it significantly lighter than its predecessors and competitors. The mini-LED screen boasts features like 1,100 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 155% sRGB color gamut, promising a visually stunning gaming experience.

While the exact operating system of the device is yet to be confirmed, speculations suggest that it will run on Android. The resemblance to the iconic PSP in design hints at a target audience interested in playing a diverse range of games, including smaller-scale titles and retro games through emulation.

The new Ayn handheld aims to fill the void left by Sony’s PSP, offering a blend of modern performance and nostalgia-inducing gaming experiences. By catering to gamers seeking a balance between indie titles, AA games, and retro classics at an affordable price point, this device has the potential to resonate with a wide audience craving a portable gaming solution.

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