Ayn, the creator of the Odin Android handheld, is releasing a range of what it calls the “most affordable” portable Windows game consoles to date (via Liliputting† The cheapest of the bunch starts at just $299 – $100 less than the 64GB Steam Deck.
Ayn announced the news in a YouTube video and a series of posts on Instagram, giving us an idea of what to expect in terms of looks, tech specs and pricing. While the entry-level $299 Loki Mini comes with 64GB of storage and an Intel Alder Lake U chip, the stock Loki handheld has an AMD Ryzen 5 6600U chip with three different storage options: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. , which cost $499, $599, and $699 each, respectively. The $799 Loki Max has an upgraded AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and 512GB of storage.
If you’re not happy with the amount of storage that comes with your device, you may be able to upgrade after purchasing it. YouTuber Taki Udon has learned that each model can come with removable storage, meaning you may have the option to boost your storage if you’re running out of space (via Liliputting†
On the outside, it looks like the Ayn Loki inherits most of its design from the Switch-esque Odin, but as Liliputting notes, it swaps a colorful set of buttons in an X, A, B, Y configuration to a solid black or white scheme with the same Y, B, A, X arrangement you’d find on an Xbox controller. There is also a USB-C port and headphone jack on the bottom of the device.
Judging by another Instagram post from Ayn, it looks like the Loki will be released tomorrow at 9pm EST and will likely be available for purchase through his website. Taki Udon also hints that Odin owners may be able to access the Loki lineup at discounted prices, but it’s unclear how much Ayn will win.
Ayn is just one brand trying to conquer the Steam Deck. Another company, Aya Neo, made its first portable gaming PC available on Indiegogo last year. It has since come out with the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide, both of which feature the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and Radeon 680M iGPU that could beat the Steam Deck on paper. Aya Neo hasn’t released pricing information on these two models yet, but they probably won’t be as affordable as the entry-level Loki Mini or Steam Deck — most of Aya Neo’s handhelds cost upwards of $1,000. That’s probably why Aya Neo just released the Aya Neo Air series, a set of lighter handhelds that start at $549 for an AMD Ryzen 5 5000U processor and 128GB of storage.