One Redditor constructed their very own Steam Deck rival

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It’s exhausting to assume that anybody eager about transportable gaming hasn’t heard of the Steam Deck, however one Redditor says they “didn’t know” it existed. And as a result of of that, they determined to construct their very own.

The 3D-printed contraption comes from Raven0606, who shared photographs of the finished handheld on the r/SBCGaming subreddit, which is devoted to handheld emulators. The construct took 9 months to finish, and Raven0606 dubbed it the Ryzen Deck in honor of the Steam Deck (they came upon about Valve’s handheld midway by means of the construct course of).

The Redditor compiled a gallery of photographs showcasing the construct course of, together with varied phases of prototyping that led to the last design. Inside is AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600G APU on a motherboard that Raven0606 says they “looted” from an ASRock DeskMini X300. The buttons and sticks have been taken from an Xbox controller, which Raven0606 linked to an Arduino Micro board.

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It doesn’t contemplate too far off from the handhelds we hold at the moment just like the Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally, not less than from the entrance. Across the rear, nevertheless, are two giant exhaust followers, as properly as a cable connecting the hand-held to an exterior battery. It additionally weighs 3.44 kilos, which is sort of a bit heavier than what you’ll discover with mass-produced handhelds.

Fans on the homemade Ryzen Deck.Raven06060 / Reddit

Raven0606 estimates that the venture took over 1,200 hours to finish, unfold over 9 months. “Felt like a 2nd job,” the Redditor wrote.

There are many Steam Deck mods tp be discovered, and we’ve even seen some lovers attempt their hand at constructing handheld gaming PCs. But it surely’s uncommon to see a accomplished venture just like the Ryzen Deck that truly works. It really works properly, too, in response to Raven0606. The Redditor says that the APU can dash mild video games at 30 frames per second (fps) in its 28-watt mode, and it will probably climb as much as 65W for video games like The Witcher 3. In that title, Raven0606 says they’re capable of fetch between 45 fps and 55 fps.

Battery life isn’t the very best, with the 108watthour battery draining in as dinky as 90 minutes in response to Raven0606. Surprisingly, that’s nonetheless higher than what we’ve seen with some units, reminiscent of the Ayaneo 2s.

This remains to be a massively spectacular piece of equipment. Now we simply have to watch for the Ryzen Deck 2 — perhaps with a Ryzen Z1 Excessive looted from the Lenovo Legion Proceed?

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