The Aya Neo Next is a Windows Gaming Handheld coming to Australia to fill the void of the Steam Deck

Has the Steam Deck caught your eye, but are you upset that an Australian release is nowhere in sight? Well, a company is trying to fill that void. A company called Aye Neo will release its Aya Neo Next in August in Australian stores such as Big W (cheapest), Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, EB Games and The Gamesmen.

The console runs on Windows 10 and its biggest selling point is that it can run games not only from Steam, but also from Xbox Game Pass and the Epic Games Store.

It has a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5825U CPU, an AMD Radeon Vega 8, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD, which offers a very good amount of super-fast storage. As for screens, it has a 7-inch touchscreen 1280×800 IPS display.

When playing games on the Aya Neo Next, the company says you can expect between 30-60FPS when playing games such as Cyberpunk 2077, God of War, Forza Horizon 5, The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, depending on the graphics settings you’re playing on.

Aya Neo Next

The hard pill to swallow right now should be its price, which is set at $1,999 AUD when it launches in August 2022. You can currently pre-order it using the links below.

By comparison, the top-tier Steam Deck with a 512GB SSD costs $649 USD (though they’ll be sold out abroad until next year), which will likely be over $1,000 AUD when it launches here (you’re looking to about $2,000) if you want to buy one now), so it’s really a trade off how much you want a portable PC in the short term, as well as being able to play Xbox Games Pass games and so easily.

As for our thoughts, we just got our hands on the Aya Neo Next and will give you impressions and an in-depth review in the coming weeks. From our brief hands-on so far, it feels great in the hands and is actually smaller than I expected (from what I can tell it’s a lot smaller than a Steam Deck). It has good feeling triggers, bumpers, a nice D-Pad and analog sticks with hall effect meaning there will be no stick drift.

It’s definitely an exciting time in the portable gaming space.