MSI Claw locks in March 2024 release date and global pricing

The MSI Claw handheld gaming PC is set to launch in March 2024.
msi claw handheld gaming device

The MSI Claw handheld gaming PC is set to launch later in March 2024, in what appears to be a fairly quiet drop. As first announced at CES 2024 in early January, the Claw is MSI’s answer to the Steam Deck, ASUS ROG Ally and Lenovo Legion Go – a handheld PC capable of playing hearty games in portable fashion.

Since launch, MSI has been fairly quiet about the Claw, which makes its sudden worldwide launch a surprise. In the US, the console will launch this week – on 8 March. In Australia, the Claw will land on 28 March. Pricing has also been revealed alongside this release date, with a range of editions available at fair price points.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125U w/ 512GB Storage – US $699 | AUD $1,399
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H w/ 512GB Storage – US $749
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H w/ 1TB Storage – US $799 | AUD $1,599

For now, it appears the Intel Core Ultra 7 model with 512GB storage will only be available in select markets. Recent listings on JB Hi-Fi suggest Australia will not get this model.

Read: MSI reveals Claw handheld gaming device at CES 2024

Per specs revealed at CES 2024, all versions of the MSI Claw will feature 7-inch FHD 120Hz displays, Hi-Res Audio, and Hall Effect triggers and joysticks, as well as a strong battery designed to last “50% longer” compared to other handheld PC gaming devices.

The MSI Claw appears to take cues directly from the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally in its design, with a slimline chassis and built-in controls, but we’ll have to wait to see how far the comparisons go. As the MSI Claw has seemingly nabbed a shadow launch, there doesn’t seem to be any early reviews available yet.

Those wishing to preorder the device can do so now via JB Hi-Fi in Australia, and Newegg in the United States – but it might be a good option to wait for informed reviews, as modern PC handhelds remain experimental in nature. Stay tuned for more on the MSI Claw.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.