A new console that can compete with the Nintendo Switch and Steam. Although handheld consoles have been around for a while, the newest models are far superior in terms of power and functionality. As a result of the exposure of its impending gear, it appears that Logitech wants a piece of the action.
To “improve handheld cloud gaming,” Logitech and Tencent Games announced the development of the G Gaming Handheld at the start of August. It didn’t take long for photos of the gadget to start appearing online.
Logitech previously announced that their G Gaming Handheld (not the final name) will be compatible with “various cloud gaming services,” and that they were collaborating with the teams at both Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now to make this possible.
These companies’ logos appear on the user interface alongside Steam and Google Play symbols in the leaked photos from Evan Blass, which have since been deleted from Twitter due to copyright issues. However, it should be noted that this is simply a sneak peek and does not yet prove full compatibility. Indeed, not one but two Xbox logos are seen.
The Valve Steam Deck and the device itself have a striking resemblance to the Nintendo Switch’s UI. Horizontal menus of cloud services and apps (Chrome and YouTube are shown) appear, with further options and details up top.
The availability of third-party apps like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, among others, through the Google Play store, is unknown. That would unquestionably put it ahead of the competition.
Since it has Google Play, we can assume it uses Android. So, it’s possible that it’s running on Qualcomm’s G3x platform, a CPU meant for Android handheld consoles and equipped with an Adreno GPU for high-end mobile gaming. So yet, it’s only been seen in a development kit from Razer that was unveiled alongside the processor itself in December.
Logitech’s hardware may have a similar display to the Razer dev kit’s 6.65-inch OLED display, which features a 120 Hz refresh rate. In addition to 144 FPS gaming and 10-bit HDR, the G3x supports 5G connectivity.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know any technical details, but the overall shape is starting to take shape. The size of the G Gaming Handheld’s display is unknown, but it is likely to be at least as large as the 6.2-inch panel on the original Nintendo Switch.
The photographs that were accidentally released provide a clear look at the device’s other features. You can use the two joysticks, ABXY buttons, D-pad, home button, and ‘G’ button on the front of the console. A microSD card slot, power button, and two shoulder buttons (or all three) sit along the top edge.
It appears that USB and headphone jacks are located at the base. Whether or whether the console will be available in additional colors beyond the white displayed is still unknown.