XPG Nia Release Date

XPG Nia Revealed: A New Modder-Friendly Handheld Console

Everything we know about Adata’s modifiable handheld games console

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Computex 2024 continues its rapid-fire announcements of new handheld games consoles: from the new upgraded iteration of the MSI Claw and the brand-new Zotac Zone, and now the XPG Nia is set to release. Details are scarce, with Adata’s new unit being unveiled so recently, but consumers and competitors alike are curious as to when exactly the XPG Nia release date could be – where does it fit on the current release schedule?

We’ve broken down everything we know about the XPG Nia at present, from design details to production pipelines. With an array of unique features, could the Nia be the Steam Deck alternative that the market has been crying out for?

XPG Nia Release Date Speculation

The XPG Nia is plain-facedly still a work-in-progress handheld. Adata was open about how early in development they are unveiling the console – in part to drum up some excitement, but we also suspect to listen to what consumers want. With new models of handhelds like the MSI Claw and ASUS ROG Ally releasing a year – or mere months – after their originals, it’s clear that adaptability to change is a major factor in a handheld peripheral’s lifespan.

Equally, the XPG Nia is likely to have a limited audience and product saturation – possibly even crowdfunding-exclusive sales like the OneXPlayer X1. As we’ll discuss below, Adata is looking to make the Nia a more affordable handheld for consumers – but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that lower price means lower profit. If the company commits to a loss-leader price, they’ll likely limit their risk by keeping production low.

As such, we predict an initial launch for the XPG Nia in Q4 2024, with a small pre-order window, before the console becomes fully available in Q1 2025. Despite the long wait, we think Adata’s strategy is sound: not only can they more actively respond to change and trends in the handheld market, but they also give themselves ample time to perfect their product.

XPG Nia Specifications: What We Know

Despite being open about how fresh the XPG Nia, Adata had a functional prototype on the floor at Computex 2024. The manufacturers were also open about what to expect from the handheld console come release date, but also what is subject to change…

Design

The XPG Nia on display at Computex

There are a few design elements that we really appreciate with the Nia: the tilting screen is not only beneficial to the player, but to the handheld itself as it exposes additional cooling vents. This means you can actively prevent overheating without interrupting gameplay. There’s also a kickstand in the back for even further comfort. The camera built into the screen could have multiple purposes, the most obvious being Windows Hello locking for face recognition, but Adata also intends to employ eye tracking via Swiss company Eyeware. These are all welcome features, but what has us most interested is what wasn’t on display.

Adata was very open about making the XPG Nia an open-source platform, with modders being actively accommodated in development. Molds and key information will be available as 3D printer files, and consumers can modify the designs to their heart’s content with full support from the manufacturer. If the XPG Nia can match the levels of customization available to custom PC builders, they can create a truly long-lasting handheld console experience.

Memory

This level of versatility carries over into the rest of the XPG Nia’s design – at least, its current design. The Nia claims to be the first handheld to employ the brand-new CAMM2 LPDDR5 memory, with Adata promising different memory capacities of up to 64GB to be available initially. CAMM2’s tiny form factor and impressive speeds make this an excellent benchmark for the Nia to be starting from. Consumers can access both the RAM and SSD (starting at an Adata S55 SSD up to 2TB in size) and swap them out. This is currently the only handheld on the market with upgradeable RAM and storage. For consumers, this means that they can continue using the same XPG Nia in the long-term, rather than having to potentially trade one in for a newer model as many had to with the new models of ASUS ROG Ally or Steam Deck.

Processor

The XPG Nia is currently slated to have an AMD Phoenix Ryzen 7040 APU, which employs RDNA 3.0 GPU architecture and Zen4 CPU cores for performance-focused gaming. Though these APUs are a little outmoded, they are one of the components of the Nia that Adata lists as both upgradeable and – potentially – temporary. Given that AMD has recently launched their new Ryzen 7 8000 series of APUs, we’re expecting this will change before launch.

Graphically, the performance should be on par with that of the Steam Deck and ROG Ally, though we’ll have to wait until release to properly stress-test it. Adata also mentioned that the Nia will employ Dynamic Foveated Rendering (DFR), an imaging technique that plays on how the human eye visualizes detailed elements – making for faster rendering. This would be heavily reliant on the aforementioned eye-tracking and would mean portions of the screen go unrendered, but the player would benefit from more frames and selectively higher detail.

Operating System

The XPG Nia runs on Windows 11, hence the Windows Hello functionality in the built-in camera. Though this is the same OS that the ASUS ROG Ally and MSI Claw both run on, we’ve long lamented the stability of handheld systems. Hopefully, with the processing speeds on CAMM2, we can expect faster and better performance from the Nia.

Price

Adata intends to price the Nia between $500 and $600 at present, which would put it at a loss-leader position as cheaper than the ROG Ally and Claw (though still more expensive than the base Steam Deck LCD). As mentioned above, however, this price seems to be for the base framework Nia that was displayed – an unfinished model. Depending on further development, consumers could expect to pay more for the handheld. Alternatively, committing to this lower price could mean that underwhelming elements such as the APU don’t get the desired upgrade, with the onus being on the buyer to modify the handheld themselves. It will be interesting to see how Adata handles the market both in the run-up and following the release of the Nia. We’ve already speculated that the Nia will likely be crowdfunded, so perhaps there will be more versatility with individual orders.

XPG Nia Specs: At A Glance

Adata XPG Nia
APUAMD Phoenix Ryzen 7040
RAM<64GB CAMM2 LPDDR5-5600
StorageAdata Gammix S55 <2TB
Operating SystemWindows 11
RRP (Predicted)$599.99

In Summary

Though we don’t have a concrete XPG Nia release date due to the distance from release, the outlook is currently quite promising. We’re keen to follow the development of this new handheld console, and see how this moddable peripheral is received by handheld games enthusiasts everywhere.

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