Jan 7, 2024 5 min read

2024 will be the year of the handheld

In the first edition of the overkill digest newsletter, I argue why 2024 will be the year of the handheld.

I own too many handhelds.

In the first edition of the overkill digest newsletter, I argue why 2024 will be the year of the handheld.

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of the overkill digest newsletter, and welcome to a new year.

If you are new here, or don't remember what this is: I am your host, Kevin Wammer, and overkill digest is a weekly newsletter featuring original content, links to the best gaming reads of the week, commentary by yours truly, and more.

I hope you had a great holiday season and could recharge your batteries. I did, though I have to start work-work again tomorrow, and I am not ready!

But regardless, without further ado, let's get to the first digest of the year!

2024 might just be huge

We're only one week in, and we've already seen three new handhelds.

For one, AYANEO has pre-launched the fantastic-looking Flip KB and Flip DS, two clamshell handhelds.

AYANEO have announced the awesome-looking Flip KB and Flip DS
The AYANEO Flip KB and Flip DS are two new handhelds from AYANEO, which remind us of the Nintendo DS.

Both are probably launching very soon on Indiegogo, and I am looking forward to them. Especially as the Flip DS is a concept I can get behind: Dual screens on a modern clamshell handheld might make this the best device for Nintendo DS and 3DS emulation.

But even for general gaming, this is a great idea. I guess most of us here who play games on a PC rock two screens, with the game running on the main one and something like Discord on the secondary monitor.

It remains to be seen if this is more than just a gimmick. I will be reviewing this on overkill, so stay tuned. Also, one little parenthesis: AYANEO announced a version with a new chip, possibly the AMD 8840U.

Talking of chips: MSI is about to enter the handheld space. They planned to announce a new device at CES next week, but leaks happened:

MSI’s handheld is called the ‘Claw’ — here’s a first look
This new portable PC will be looking to claw some of the market share away from the likes of the Steam Deck and ROG Ally.

If the leaks are correct – and I believe they are – for the claw, MSI is about to partner with... Intel? So far, most handhelds we've seen rock an AMD chip. This is especially true for the big players like Valve, ASUS and Lenovo. An Intel chip in a handheld would be a very intriguing change, so I'm curious to see what this will look like. Performance and battery life, especially, might be very interesting.

Seeing that all Z1 Extreme devices perform similarly – and technically, so do the AMD 7840 U devices – an Intel-based device will bring fresh air to the space. And that, despite the MSI Claw looking like a black ROG Ally.

But 2024 won't only be significant for the handheld space. We hope it'll be a big year for overkill, too. Chris and I plan big things this year, and I'm leaking a few here.

For one, this will be the year we focus much more on YouTube. We're also planning to grow this newsletter and overkill spotlight. I believe a lot in newsletters as a medium, as it is one of the best ways to create a direct relationship with the readers, with you.

As usual, we're also planning to publish great content. Unlike some of our colleagues who may be much more into news, our goal with overkill is to create a space where you come for our expertise and commentary on things.

We'll be more opinionated than other websites to help you make sense of an ever-growing handheld space and entertain you with our writing. We might not be first, but we hope to be among the best.

And for a last leak: one of our most significant projects for the first half of 2024 will be a big redesign for the website (and this newsletter). We're still in the very early steps of planning, but you can look forward to this project.

Finally, I wanted to thank all of you for reading and starting the new year with us. Overkill is still a hobby for Chris and me, but we hope to grow into a healthy business. If we can get to a point where we can both make a decent living off this project while supplying you with the best writing we can do, I will call this whole endeavour a huge success.

Without any of you, none of this would have been possible. So, thank you from my heart, and let's make 2024 a fantastic year! <3

In other news

Again, thank you for reading the newsletter.

As a little teaser, CES is starting next week, so expect many gaming-themed accessories.

See you next Sunday,


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