The MSI Claw will be one in every of the first handheld gaming PCs with an Intel Core Extremely processor inside — and the second with a variable refresh price (VRR) screen. Beforehand, the Asus ROG Ally was the solely handheld with that dynamic gameplay smoothing show function, and it’s one in every of its largest benefits, and — after a lot of forwards and backwards — MSI has now triple-confirmed that the Claw will include a 7-inch, 1080p, 48-120Hz VRR screen too.
Earlier at present, I printed that it wouldn’t have a VRR screen, after explicitly fact-checking that with the firm on Friday and being instructed that it will require guide setup to hit a 48Hz or 60Hz refresh price should you’d relatively go decrease than the full 120Hz on provide.
Nonetheless, MSI continued to insist that the screen was VRR, and I initially turned satisfied that reps have been stretching the fact — as a result of VRR is not the identical as setting refresh price manually, and since VRR will not be a Microsoft function that is determined by sport assist, which the firm instructed me that it was and that it did.
VRR is the generic type of applied sciences like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, which let a screen’s refresh price dynamically match the body price delivered by your system’s GPU. Meaning you don’t expertise uneven gameplay or screen tearing simply because your graphics don’t hit, say, 60fps, as a result of the screen can routinely show 59fps or 50fps or 48fps completely advantageous.
I defined this, and gave MSI over 12 hours to answer — and didn’t hear again.
However now MSI advertising and marketing specialist Anne Lee now tells me that product managers have explicitly confirmed it’s a 48-120Hz VRR screen, and I confirmed over the cellphone that meaning dynamically and routinely adjusting its refresh price, like the Asus ROG Ally. MSI additionally supplied a screenshot of the Variable Refresh Fee setting turned on in Home windows — which, it seems, is what MSI was referring to when it known as VRR a Microsoft function.
Lee agrees that a part of our dialog simply received misplaced in translation, and we’ve made a pact to name one another on the cellphone subsequent time. I apologize personally in steering you incorrect.
You’ll be able to typically nonetheless manually set the refresh price of screens with out VRR. The Steam Deck allows you to set arbitrary guide refresh charges of most any quantity the show helps, and the Lenovo Legion Go allows you to choose between 60Hz and 144Hz, for instance. However to keep away from choppiness and tearing, your system nonetheless has to constantly ship the proper variety of frames (which might require body limiters and a little bit of tweaking).
The Asus ROG Ally’s VRR screen turns out to be useful notably when your sport is working between 48 and 60fps, that are inside its VRR vary. A sport working at 48fps on the Ally will look smoother than one working at 59fps on the Lenovo Legion Go, in my expertise. Now, it feels like the identical will be true of the MSI Claw.
The MSI Claw doesn’t have a confirmed launch date but, however rumors counsel it might arrive as quickly as February or March.
Correction, 11:58PM ET: The MSI Claw will have a variable refresh price screen. In an earlier model of this story, I wrote it wouldn’t. We remorse the error.