Third-party tool gives control over popular consoles
Handheld Control Panel is an upcoming Windows software for gaming consoles powered by low-power Intel and AMD CPUs. This project is an effort of Project-SBC, a YouTuber and software engineer who had already developed power management tools for older consoles.
The tool was demoed by ETA-Prime who was among the first to test AMD Phoenix powered products (laptops and gaming consoles). The new AyaNeo 2S console is powered by the low-power variant of Phoenix. This device was used to demonstrate the features of the HCP software, and yes, there are many.
The primary goal is to offer an all-round tool with power management and fan control. Gamers can adjust the TDP, max clocks for APU and GPU, and they can even limit framerate. Furthermore, HPC has control over the screen resolution, refresh rate, brightness and more importantly, it has integration with RTSS (Riva Tuner Statistics Server) to display basic statistics through on-screen overlay.
Since this is a tool for everything, it also has a built-in game launcher and per app profiles. It is possible to adjust each setting for games or software, even for plugged and unplugged scenarios.
- Anbernic Win600
- Aya Neo: Original, Pro, Air, Air Plus, Next, Aya Neo 2, Aya Neo Geek.
- Ayn Loki
- GPD: Win 2, Win 3, Win 4, Win Max, Win Max refresh, Win Max 2, Pocket 3
- One X Player: Original AMD and intel, Mini AMD and Intel, Mini Pro, and the One X Player 2
- Steam Deck: compatible but not fully supported
The list does not include ASUS ROG Ally yet (it is not yet released). However, since the device is using a custom AMD Phoenix (Ryzen Z1) chip, chances are it will be supported as well. Worth noting that the tool also works with most Ryzen and Intel laptops.
The software already has a GitHub page as an open-source project. It is however not yet available for download as a binary, for that users may need to request BETA access from the developer. There is currently no timeline for the release, but given how broadly it is supported already, it might be out in a couple of weeks.