Lenovo Legion Go Announced To Compete With Steam Deck, ROG Ally, More

The Lenovo Legion Go is a handheld Windows-powered game console that is designed to compete with the ROG Ally and Valve Steam Deck, but an early hands-on by The Verge suggests that there are some familiar problems for it to overcome.

The console itself starts at $699 and is powered by Windows, while games will run on an 8.8-inch QHD Plus display. An AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip handles processing, while 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage round out the main specifications.

But during time with the Legion Go, The Verge reports that there were control issues, many revolving around games not knowing which buttons the handheld actually had.

I did run into one big snag, however: many of the games I tried didn’t seem to know that they were running on a handheld. At multiple points in multiple games, I was told to press “Escape,” which is a key the Legion Go does not have. A Lenovo representative, after some tinkering, determined that what I needed to press was B. One game kept telling me to press B0 — I assume this is some kind of joystick key? — which I eventually figured out was A on the Legion Go

That’s less than ideal, and it’s something that gamers will have to come to terms with. It’s possible that games will deal with the Legion Go more gracefully in the future, but for now, it’s a concern. Especially when people are expected to hand over $699 to pick one of these things up. You can read the full hands-on to get a feel for how The Verge found the Legion Go, including those control oddities.

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