“New MSI Claw Gaming Handheld To Compete With Steam Deck”

MSI has entered the handheld gaming PC market with its latest offering, the MSI Claw A1M handheld. Unlike most handhelds, this device doesn’t feature an AMD solution. Two other handhelds also exist with similar offerings in the very poorly named Emdoor EM-GP080 MTL and the One X player X1which is interesting as fuck because it is a unique 3-in-1 device that can be an actually good gaming handheld with a stupid large screen unlike the abysmal PlayStation Portal, it can also be a laptop and a tablet. The performance comparison between these Intel-based devices and the existing AMD competition is yet to be seen

The MSI Claw looks like a rarely conceived 3 parent child consisting of the Parents  ROG Ally, Valve Steam Deck and OneX Player 2 Pro. 

The MSI Claw looks like a rarely conceived 3 parent child consisting of the Parents ROG Ally, Valve Steam Deck and OneX Player 2 Pro. This handheld boasts impressive specs, including an Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor, a 7-inch 120 Hz 1080P IPS panel, Hall Effect Triggers, 2 back macro keys, 3.5mm headphone jack, a Type C/Thunderbolt 4 port, Micro SD card reader, fingerprint reader, and a 53 Whr battery. Notably, the analog sticks feature obligatory RGB lights, and the device is equipped with ample ventilation, suggesting potentially significant heat output. The complete specs for the device can be found here.

The MSI Claw A1M serves as Intel’s foray into the modern handheld PC gaming space following their renewed commitment to creating GPUs. While there are no direct comparisons between the upcoming Ultra 7 155H and AMD offerings, online discussions among enthusiasts reveal plenty of speculation, providing some valuable insights. MSI plans to release various models with up to 32GB RAM and 2TB PCIe M.2 storage.

Obviously these things would never happen because we are trapped in the universe where very cool shit cannot come to be, but it’s still cool to imagine or even to email the company about or start a petition if you have some status.

The handheld PC gaming market is gaining momentum, and there is room for major players to make a significant impact. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to imagine established console manufacturers entering the space, particularly those with existing PC manufacturing capabilities. Envision a Sony-made handheld gaming PC that officially supports all PlayStation games, not just PC releases, alongside compatibility with all PC games. Microsoft, too, could easily create a 2-in-1 Xbox/gaming PC handheld that rivals Valve’s offerings. Even Sega, known for niche PC manufacturing, would garner widespread excitement by releasing a gaming handheld. Obviously these things would never happen because we are trapped in the universe where very cool shit cannot come to be, but it’s still cool to imagine or even to email the company about or start a petition if you have some status. It’s peculiar that there isn’t a mainstream channel for consumers to express their desired products to manufacturing companies.

The MSI Claw A1M adds a unique flavor to the handheld gaming PC market, showcasing Intel’s capabilities in this space. With the potential for larger players to enter the market and reshape it entirely, the possibilities are exciting. Although some dreams may remain confined to our imagination, it’s always worth exploring and advocating for the future we desire.

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