This is what Logitech and Tencent’s portable console looks like

Logitech reacted with panic to the published images, thereby proving their authenticity.

It may surprise some, but consoles or PCs are no longer the primary source of income for the video game industry, but mobile platforms, i.e. the billions of smartphones running iOS and Android, supplemented by tablets. On the other hand, those who want a premium gaming experience in addition to portability (it’s not as if there aren’t well-designed, sufficiently complex mobile games with jaw-dropping visuals) need a dedicated gaming machine. This market is covered by the Nintendo Switch and the recent Steam Deck, but an as-yet-unnamed handheld console born from the collaboration between Logitech, known for its excellent gamer peripherals, and the world’s leading video game company, the Chinese Tencent, will soon arrive to claim a slice of the ever-growing from cake.

The only thing that could be gleaned from the joint announcement of the two was that the device in question is actually a streaming machine, so it does not run applications on its own, but uses cloud technology, namely the Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming services. We didn’t see the console itself then.

A few hours ago, however, a few images appeared on the Internet, which Logitech tried to remove, but their efforts were not crowned with success. Evan Blass, a known leaker, is behind what happened, who posted on Twitter photos of a device referred to as the Logitech G Gaming Handheld. These suggest that the console uses a heavily modified Android-based operating system, the design of which follows the fashion dictated by the Switch, with an asymmetrical layout of analog sticks, 4 function buttons, a d-pad on the left side, 4 action buttons on the right side, 16:9 in the middle aspect ratio, presumably with a 7- or 8-inch display. And of course the triggers and shoulder buttons were not left behind either.

What is really interesting is that in addition to the icons of Xbox, Nvidia, Steam, YouTube and Chrome, Google Play is also blooming there, suggesting that the console can natively run even the latest mobile games. There was no mention of this in the announcement.

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Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.

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