Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Can this $ 1,300 switch “rival” hold the answer to Joy-Con drift?

Remember the super-powerful and super-expensive portable PC I mentioned a while ago, the Aya Neo 2021 Pro?Well, the company behind it is releasing a new handheld this year that boasts what it should be. very It’s interesting for switch owners who have been suffering for many years.

The Ayaneo Next Is a device equipped with Ryzen 7 5800U. “Hall effect” sensor ((((Named after the person who discovered it) Analog Sticks and Triggers – This is a magnet-based technology that does not actually wear the internal components to each other.

Many believe that “Joy-Con Drift” is caused by the components in the stick rubbing against each other to produce dust and debris, which causes incorrect input and drift. Hall effect sensors are (in theory) free from drift by eliminating the need for parts to actually touch each other. This could mean the end of the problem that has plagued millions of switch owners.

Hall effect sensors are nothing new to game consoles. The 1984 Atari’s I, Robot arcade machine used this technology, similar to the 1996 Sega Saturn 3D Controller, but the Aya NeoNext is clearly the first handheld game console.To use the Hall effect sensor with both sticks When Triggers should be a good sign when it comes to overall durability, especially given that the latest applications in this technology are quite sophisticated.

Image: Nintendo Life / Damian McFerrand

As with the Aya Neo 2021 Pro, the Aya Neo Next is a Windows-based handheld PC. That is, Xbox Game Pass for Steam, Epic Games Store, and PC. A review of the 2021 model found that the game runs at playable speed. However, most were limited to 30 fps, and battery life was about 2 hours on a single charge. Aya Neo Next has more powerful internal technology, which greatly improves performance. If you want to boost power (at the expense of battery life), you can enjoy a very impressive visual. This is a switch-sized portable system that can run Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Cyberpunk 2077.

Also, like the Aya Neo 2021 Pro, the Aya Neo Next is the driving force behind the emulation. You can comfortably run any game of the 8, 16 or 32-bit era and run many Dreamcast, PS2, PS3 and Xbox titles at full speed and higher resolution than native. Some Wii U emulators work like a dream with this.

We have prepared a prototype sample of Aya Neo Next for a week. You may not think it’s enough time to properly pace the Hall effect stick, but you can report it to be very high. It is accurate and very comfortable to use.

Ayaneo Next Advance
Image: Nintendo Life / Damian McFerrand

The design is much larger than the small sticks found on switches and Neo Pro, and could be the result of the fact that the Hall effect sensor is a much larger component. Another great feature is that the sticks are modular, so you can customize the sticks to your liking. The analog trigger feels great, but it doesn’t hinder usability either. They feel comfortable and provide excellent control range, especially in racing games, as even the slightest input is recognized in-game.

Elsewhere, Aya Neo Next boasts other interesting features such as WIFI 6, up to 2TB of storage, and fingerprint security. The latter is a fairly common feature on smartphones, but has not yet been used on portable gaming systems. Especially given how flimsy the PIN code is, it could be another feature that may be seen in future revisions of the switch. The security that the console is currently using is possible. If you buy a lot of games from the e-shop and store your payment details in your system, the person who uses your console without your knowledge is your money.

There is little reason to increase the screen resolution of the handheld console at this stage because the bumps are not clear on a panel of this size, but it will have a negative impact on performance and will most certainly be noticeable. Therefore, it is not a shock that the screen does not change compared to Neo Pro. Still, it’s a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS panel. However, you can use the system’s USB-C to HDMI connection to play at higher resolutions on your HDTV. With the release of the dock for the Neo 2021 Pro, Neo Next will be treated the same and could be even closer to the switch.

Ayaneo Next Advance
Image: Nintendo Life / Damian McFerrand

Aya Neo Next comes in three versions: Advance, Next, and Next Pro. “Advance” is actually the weakest of the three, but it’s more like a “prototype” Early Access contract. playing. You can order now and it will ship at the end of February. The price is $ 1,345. Both Aya Neo Next and Aya Neo Next Pro will be powered by the slightly more powerful Ryzen 7 5825U chipset, supported by the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign launching in February, and will ship in March. The price of Aya Neo Next is $ 1,315 for 1TB of storage and $ 1,465 for 2TB, but with Aya Neo Next Pro it’s a whopping $ 1,565. Gokugoku.

So can Aya Neo Advance give us an idea of ​​what to expect from a new model of Switch? Nintendo is enthusiastic about solving the ongoing problems of Joy-Con drift. This issue remains unresolved in the fifth year of console launch, despite apparent attempts to fix it. If the Hall effect sensor fulfills its reliability promise, it may be included in the next iteration of the switch. This means that drift is a thing of the past.

We also want to incorporate Nintendo elements such as fingerprint security and increased internal storage space for games. However, it’s worth pointing out that Switch and Aya Neo are operating at two very different ends of the market. The price of Nintendo’s machine is much lower, and the price of Aya Neo Next is well above about $ 1000 even for the base model. In short, there is room for new and innovative technologies and high-end components.


The Aya Neo Next Advance used in this feature is provided by the manufacturer.