MSI may be the only company to announce a new handheld gaming PC at CES this week that features an x86 processor and support for modern PC games, but the MSI Claw isn’t the only handheld gaming device using CES 2024 as its coming out party.

Two companies are making plays for the nostalgic gamer space. Hyperkin is unveiling an upcoming handheld for playing classic Sega Genesis games… using their original cartridges. And Atari is teaming up with MyArcade on something that might be even weirder… a modern handheld with a 7 inch display and built-in controllers that include a paddle and trackball.

Hyperkin Mega 95

Here’s a roundup of some recent tech news from around the web.

Hyperkin has made a handheld Sega Genesis that plays original carts [The Verge]

Hyperkin Mega 95 is an upcoming handheld game console designed to play classic Sega Genesis games (using the original cartridges). It also works with a USB-C dock in case you want to plug in a TV & controllers. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

The next MyArcade/Atari handheld has a trackball and paddle [@RetroHandhelds]

It has a 7 inch display, game controllers, and a trackball and paddle for playing classic games. Designed to play officially licensed titles, it should be available (much) later this year, with an expected Q4, 2024 release.

Asus ExpertCenter PN65 mini PC [Asus]

The new NUC-branded systems aren’t the only new mini PCs from Asus showing up at CES this week. The Asus ExpertCenter PN65 mini PC makes an appearance on the Asus CES 2024 website… but there’s no product page yet. Still, based on info from mid-2023, we can likely expect a 28W, 14th-gen Intel chip, 2.5 GB Ethernet and up 2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs

Google is merging Nearby Share with Samsung’s Quick Share [Google]

Google is merging its Nearby Share file-sharing protocol for Android with Samsung’s Quick Share and calling the unified version… Quick Share. It’s also expanding to Windows PCs from “manufacturers like LG.”

Sony and Siemens plan to launch a “spatial content creation” headset later this year [The Verge]

The companies’ answer to the Apple Vision Pro is a headset that has two 4K OLED displays, a weird set of controllers, and a focus on professional users rather than the general public.

CES 2024: TCL RayNeo X2 Lite AR Glasses Are the Opposite of the Apple Vision Pro [PC Mag]

TCL, meanwhile, is showing off a pair of glasses that weigh less than 2.2 ounces and have a 640 x 480 pixel micro LED projector for viewing information in your regular field of vision. With a Snapdragon AR1 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, this is at the budget end of augmented reality devices. 

Amazon Debuts Video-Streaming Feature That Rivals Apple AirPlay [Bloomberg]

Amazon’s answer to Apple’s AirPlay and Google’s Cast is based on the Matter standard for smart home gadgets, and will allow users to cast content from a mobile device for a Fire TV or Echo Show 15. Amazon Prime Video is supported at launch, but additional services should be working later this year.

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  1. I don’t know if it’s because I stare at a screen all day for work, but the last thing I want to do when I get off work is strap a screen even closer to eyeballs, I really don’t understand the appeal of AR/VR. I guess at some point that can be tied into my work, but that just sounds terrible, my poor eyes have had enough as it is…
    At the same time I do like seeing all of these new handhelds coming out. SMH.
    In reply to SomeGuy, with all of those extra features on the Atari handheld, I don’t think they should make it any smaller. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of different sized handhelds at this point, plenty of pocketables out there already.

    1. Plenty of pocketables, not a lot from relatively recognizable brands. But maybe it doesn’t really matter much for the target market anyway.

      As for VR, here’s the use cases I think people want it for in roughly descending order of importance (I don’t use VR). vrchat >>> drone operation > rapidly displaying relevant information in an industrial or warehouse setting > other vr games >= 3d sculpting >= tours of buildings or factories that haven’t been built yet or are otherwise inaccessible >= multitasking while watching tv > spherical videos, doing stuff you’d normally do on a computertablet anywhere in your big open empty house for rich people like you.
      Many of these could become social necessities at any time.
      It’s not like there aren’t problems, like the reliance on exclusive software repositories, the fact that they depend on an account you can lose for running your mouth, and the fact that you’re telling everyone around you that you’ve checked out of reality for as long as you’ve got the headset on. And, of course, eye strain (just because it’s refocused at infinity doesn’t mean it’s not there).

  2. RE mini PCs, according to androidtvbox.eu, BuzzTV is launching at CES a Linux TV box called the L1, as well as an Android TV box based on the RK3588 (which could probably be flashed with a Linux image that supports the RK3588).

  3. Why not go with the lightest Headset possible for a barebones virtual display and use the stupidphone as a trackpad and keyboard input for sake of PC-mobile “convergence” and get that part right first before having to resort to a costly Meta-Apple headset head-brick device?

    1. I like the idea of using a phone as a trackpad and keyboard but what about using the phone as the screen itself (particularly given the advancements in CPU power, RAM, screen quality, cameras etc. that have tended to hit handsets sooner and more regularly) in something like the vrAse A2?

      1. vrAse A2, never heard of it but watched the video for it… now that is a funny face brick.

        I’m thinking something much smaller closer to Brillian Labs Monocle.. I want to look like Monopoly Man, such a classic game.

        1. Hahahahaha Monopoly Man 🤣 I concede that you won’t achieve such sartorial distinction with a full on headset but my comment was in reply to one about a headset.

          If you already upgrade your phone more regularly than you would a headset and new tech is integrated faster on new handsets than on headsets, why not use the higher quality processors, memory, screens and cameras on your latest phone in a headset you only need to purchase once and rarely modify (but at least you have the ability to do so).

  4. TCL RayNeo X2 Lite AR Glasses vs Apple’s Bulkbeast… I’d hate to be an early adopter of either one so long as I have to foot the bill.

  5. The handheld market is swamped with non-pocketable slabs. Would it have really killed Atari to try and make something pocketable?