Earlier this month, Logitech G, the gaming-oriented arm of the peripheral maker, announced that it will launch a “cloud gaming handheld” in partnership with Tencent Games later this year. Little was known about the handheld, and the design was kept under wraps – well, until Evan Blass got involved (images were quickly removed due to a DMCA complaint).
The design looks similar to the “PC game console” seen in Tencent’s patent application, but that’s not surprising – the design has all the joysticks, There are only so many ways of buttons and triggers for landscape PDAs.
Crucially, the leaked images reveal some important information about the actual device – it runs Android (done with the Google Play Store), so it’s not like Valve’s Steam deck PC.
Unofficial introduction of Logitech and Tencent Cloud Gaming Console
Admittedly, the platform doesn’t matter as the device is focused on streaming rather than native gaming. Logitech and Tencent said they were discussing using Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now on handheld devices, both services that already have Android apps. The image also shows the Steam icon, so the two companies may have found another important partner.
Control (Logitech’s strong suit) and connectivity are key aspects here. Speaking of which, the image only shows Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a 5G version of the handheld for mobile gaming, but it does make it more likely (promo images often show fully stacked models).
As for the game scene, you may have noticed that there are two Xbox icons. This could be a bug, or one is for the Xbox cloud gaming service and the other is for Xbox Remote Play. Come to think of it, the Steam icon is probably for Steam Link (ie streaming games from your PC rather than the cloud).
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