The Future of Laptop Games: An Interview with OneXPlayer

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It was a tornado a few months to buy laptops. What was once a niche segment of products served by only a few competitors, opened its doors wide when gaming giant Valve announced that it was going to release their own laptop, the Steam Deck. But one of the companies that has been quietly sharpening their art in this area for years is OneXPlayer, which recently released the OneXPlayer Mini, one of the smallest laptops on the market. We had the opportunity to interview OneXPlayer vice president Jason Zeng in an exclusive interview about the industry, the growing laptop market and more.

The origins of OneXPlayer

The strong R&D team enabled us to place laptop-level components on handheld laptops one step ahead of the others and designed the device for better performance.

OneXPlayer originated as a company with its parent company, a separate brand called One-Netbook, as described by Zeng. “We have years of R&D and manufacturing experience in the field of mini laptops and have successfully launched our mini business computer for many generations.” One Netbook is now in its fourth generation, with partnerships with brands such as Mobile Suit Gundam.

These devices push the specifications of a laptop into an incredibly small laptop package, and Zeng notes that this could have given them the impetus when considering building an exclusive gaming brand. “The strong R&D team enabled us to place laptop-level components on handheld laptops one step ahead of the other and designed the device for better performance.”

Zeng further claims that OneXPlayer was the pioneer of many technologies in this form factor, such as “LPDDR4X high frequency memory, IPS 2.5K Ultra-HD monitors, PCIe SSD, WiFi6” and others. This is due to the talent of their R&D team, which is able to effectively cram these high-tech components into an incredibly small size.

This solid foundation in the field of mini-laptops facilitated the creation of the special gaming handheld device, which was also born from the community of their users, whom Zeng described as “having fewer and fewer opportunities to sit in front of the computer to enjoy the games. especially since they started working. This seems to be the main advantage for laptop clients like OneXPlayer and Steam Deck, it is an old market, which is burdened and still wants this complete computer experience while you are on the go.

The feel of the device is one of the most important factors when holding a fully developed computer in your hands and the OneXPlayer team also pays close attention to it. “We’re proud of the OneXPlayer for its well-designed ergonomics,” Zeng said, before continuing.

Zeng states that some of his personal use aligns with his own target market when we asked him for what purpose he uses his personal use. “For casual play at home, mainly. I occasionally use the device as a workstation and take it with me on business trips. ” Recommended to test the OneXPlayer Mini, having the most powerful specifications in turn, while maintaining portability.

A song made of silicon and steel

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OneXPlayer has partnered with both Intel and AMD for their product line, but one key thing is changing in the market, “embedded” graphics are going to get a lot better. AMD’s Rembrandt APUs offer great performance and Intel has just released its own special Arc Alchemist offering that promises additional portable performance.

Right now, if you were trying to buy a OneXPlayer device, you would still be limited to having Intel Xe or Vega 8 graphics. This could be considered a current weakness, as Valve’s Steam Deck relies on AMD custom silicon incorporate RDNA2, as does the latest generation of Ryzen chips.

Zeng is quickly addressing the lack of available Rembrandt processor SKUs: “We have been in an innovative partnership with AMD for a long time. The AMD-Ryzen 6000 is a high performance CPU and we plan to do more R&D around this CPU in the future. ‘ Since these Rembrandt processors are still extremely new, you can expect a healthy increase in specifications over time and, hopefully, even better performance in computer games for startup.

However, for those who want to embed a discrete graphics card in a small format, they may need to look elsewhere in the short term. When asked about the possibility of exclusive graphics cards, Zeng was quick to point out that an exclusive card may not fit on a small console, but the “R&D team is working to explore some of the features.” So, you may see a device attempting to package a dedicated graphics card in the future of OneXPlayer, but challenging the thermal effects of using a dedicated graphics card on this factor can be a huge challenge.

The Impact of Valve’s Steam Deck

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There is a ghost hovering over the OneXPlayer and its name is fierce competition, from mature brands like GPD, the increasingly elegant AYANEO look, Valve and the newcomers Anbernic. However, they do not appear to be gradually entering the saturation of the incoming market, as Jason Zeng comments, “Every product on the market has its own place, for us, we are proud of OneXPlayer for its well-designed ergonomics”. This statement is especially true if you compare how the OneXplayer has described its controls to ensure comfort for long periods of play.

But even with a saturated market, Valve has penetrated and disrupted the market with its knowledge of software, hardware and a huge bag of money to offset the relatively high entry fee that many would hesitate. A competitor offering a product with similar specifications and a dramatically cheaper price, underestimating each competitor has led to the fulfillment of orders only towards the end of 2022. But for Zeng, Valve gave the industry a chance.

I would prefer to use the word “promotion” instead of “overcut” for market competition, like any player in the field of [PC] handheld consoles trying to play with their powers.

The OneXPlayer is by no means a cheap machine, with its cheapest SKU costing $ 999 and the OneXPlayer Mini costing $ 1249. Rival Ayaneo is priced in a similar market segment and offers many of the same features. However, Zeng comments that “OneXPlayer has a reasonable price with its specifications” and this holds water, especially when considering the format factor of its devices and how to make a device smaller can often do so as well. More expensive.

However, the story never begins and never ends with the hardware, pricing must also take into account other additional operating costs, such as after-sales support, which OneXPlayer actively wants to improve as the company matures.

Zeng continued to share his views on the Valve machine that is disrupting the market, stating his position on how Valve managed to succeed with the device. “Steam Deck is a highly influential product that has managed to leverage its accumulated assets and bring [the] the attention of the public in the field of mobile games. We sincerely congratulate Steam Deck on its achievements and will continue to work for our competitive advantages. ‘

However, this is not the only influence that Steam Deck will have on the pricing and marketing of mobile devices. Valve’s SteamOS has also shown that Windows may not be the default operating system for many of these devices for much longer, thanks to full Proton support gaining momentum.

Particularly noteworthy is how Proton developers actually improved performance on games like Elden Ring, which highlights the operating system against running something a little harder on systems like Windows 11. Zeng comments that the team is “working” on send the OneXPlayer line of devices to Linux or SteamOS in the future.

The future of laptop games

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We want to maintain our existing strengths and do not have the plan for lower quality gaming handsets right now.

However, the market for high-tech mobile devices is not the only one that is ripe for growth. Over the past two years, we have seen an increase in the proliferation of portable handsets focused on lower-end simulation, such as the Miyoo Mini, which we recently looked at. Productive companies in the field, such as Anbernic, are scaling up to compete with the OneXPlayer type, so we asked Jason Zeng, who commented: lower-end gaming devices’.

This seems like a wise decision, as the technology on which many of these devices rely is a mile from what makes OneXPlayer great, and the transition from X86 optimization to ARM-based processor supply could be an additional challenge for a company that has already leaked to the traditional “PC” development.

Right now, the future looks bright for OneXPlayer, which continues to actively develop innovative products in the laptop industry. With more product focus than ever before thanks to Steam Deck mainstream penetration, OneXPlayer can enjoy some of the benefits now that Valve’s device is long gone, with players looking for alternatives and OneXPlayer being one by leading competitors among themselves.

Laptop gaming has a long history of exceeding the limits of what we can expect from silicon in a small factor, and Zeng envisions a bright future for OneXPlayer and the industry in general, where he sees a more “differentiated style and aesthetic”. design for the industry, in addition to improving ease of use with operating systems and increased efficiency as chips become more advanced.

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