After weeks of teases, Logitech’s latest Logitech cloud gaming handheld has surfaced. Logitech G and Tencent Games announced a specialized handheld earlier this month. Evan Blass has tweeted photographs of the handheld, revealing access to the Google Play store, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.
The Logitech G Gaming Handheld looks like a Nintendo Switch and has a Switch-like UI. Leaked image displays Chrome, YouTube, Xbox, Nvidia, and Steam. Logitech filed a DMCA complaint to remove Blass’s handheld tweets (and thus confirm the authenticity of the device).
Google Play means this portable can run the latest mobile games natively, coupled with cloud gaming. Logitech didn’t announce Android support earlier this month, focusing instead on cloud gaming.
The white handheld has two analogue thumbsticks, a D-Pad, and Y, B, A, and X buttons. Logitech, home, menu, and context menu are on the front. Like most current controllers, it has two bumper and two trigger buttons.
Leaked photographs don’t show how big the Logitech G Gaming Handheld’s display is, but one shows a mute switch and microSD card expansion port.
The UI is quite Switch-like. Horizontal app and game cards with a row of icons on the top left (There are no captions, but they look like Profile, Messages, Images, Settings, and Power). Top right: clock, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and battery life.
In the initial release, both firms said they’d work with Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce Now, but Android wasn’t mentioned. Leaked screen reveals Play Store, Chrome, and YouTube apps. A cloud-based Android device that can run AAA games is interesting. It’s unclear if this is a better choice than adding an Android controller to your phone. This device may employ Qualcomm’s G3x Android gaming chip, which Logitech previewed last year.
This new portable competes with the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, and Android gaming devices. We need a price to know where Logitech G and Tencent’s new product fits.
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