Framework Gaming Handheld Video!

this is truly amazing. i really hope there is a future where this kind of thing is made by framework directly.
the potential to turn your old framework mainboard into a framedeck is just so next level, and clearly possible.

WOW! Great job man!
Would really like to see a teardown of this :slight_smile:

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First of, very cool!

Secondly, is it possible to attach an eGPU to it?

How are you handling the heat transfer on your device?

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Should work, since the guts are basically those of a Framework 13, I imagine.


That depends highly on the OS he uses. I assume SteamOS might be a good choice?
Then I’d highly assume that one might have not a good time with a NVIDIA eGPU^^

That is beautiful! That oughta soak up some of those newly-discounted 11th gen boards.

Make an XL version based on the 16 board for if/when I upgrade mine? Would that make sense, or would it be just unwieldy? Off to compare dimensions…

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Hey, just saw this on The Verge, awesome job!


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This is amazing! If it ever becomes purchasable, I’ll probably be very close to the front line! (I’m never ever first in line, so I gave that up a long time ago, lol).

I’m waiting to see what the Steam Deck 2 brings because I’m not in a hurry to get a handheld PC yet. If this ever becomes purchasable by us mere mortals, I’d be very interested!

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I have 11 nephews and 2 nieces, all but one of whom live in the same town or city less than 20 minutes from me. I have long wanted to have a number of computers here so that nephews could come over and have multiplayer gaming sessions. I was mainly thinking about using framework mainboards over steam decks in light of the ability to have 4TB 2280 SSDs and more RAM, but I wanted better gaming performance (which the new AMD Ryzen boards would give). However, getting monitors, mice, keyboards, and other stuff would cost a lot of extra money, and I liked the portability of the steam Deck (it would not be easy to take monitors, mice, and keyboards to a nephew’s home and get them setup there for nephews to have a group gaming session, but I could bring a lot of mobile gaming handhelds). A consumer version of pitstop_tech’s framework gaming handheld would be ideal. It would give the portability of the steam deck, would not require getting the keyboards, mice, and monitors, and would permit the RAM and SSD sizes that I would want.

Framework, please help pitstop_tech bring a refined version of this to market or develop one yourself. Actually, for the nephew use case, as I would need to get both a framework mainboard and the handheld system for it, it would be nice if Framework just offered a Framework 13 in a gaming handheld chassis like that of pitstop_tech in addition to offering the mainboard in a laptop chassis. I would look to buy a lot of such handhelds. Also, as I am wanting to eventually get a Framework 16, if the Framework 16 board would not fit this, please develop a Framework 16 gaming handheld too.


@pitstop_tech absolutely awesome

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How did you even manage to connect third-party switch joycons to the machine?

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Communication wise or physically for charging?
He mentions Bluetooth for communication. It looks like joycons can just be connected to any PC over Bluetooth without a problem.


Wow! Yet another use for my old mobos. That Steamdeck I was eyeballing is no longer even on the radar.

This is ridiculously cool. It would be pretty awesome if an Oculink expansion card is eventually developed as well, so we could plug into eGPUs with greater bandwidth!

@pitstop_tech This is incredible. Any plans to share build details?

@Manuel_Silva I plan to share all the details once the design is finalised which will be soon!


@pitstop_tech Any possibility of being able to use wired JoyCon rails available on AliExpress for wired connection to the JoyCons (at least the 3rd party ones)? Tried reaching you on Twitter to no avail.

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Thanks again for all your work on this

Just checking in, how’s it going?

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