In response to the explosive growth of cloud gaming services recently, Logitech has announced plans for a handheld cloud gaming device.
To bring a cloud gaming handheld to market later this year, Logitech G and Tencent Games, a gaming behemoth located in China, announced cooperation on August 2, 2022. The handheld will combine Logitech G’s hardware experience with Tencent Games’ expertise in software services.
The new gadget will support various cloud gaming services to enable players to play AAA games when they are away from their console or PC. To this end, both businesses are collaborating with the Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce NOW teams.
“Logitech G’s leadership in PC and console gaming gear makes them an ideal partner to help us realize the vision of bringing a better gaming experience to gamers around the globe. Today marks the start of a new opportunity for our companies to push the frontiers of gaming devices further,” said Daniel Wu, general manager of Tencent Games Smart Solution Innovation Lab.
We're thrilled to announce an official partnership with @TencentGames to bring a cloud gaming handheld to market later this year that will support multiple cloud gaming services.
— Logitech G (@LogitechG) August 2, 2022
The handheld will let gamers play on the go
The announcement makes it apparent that the future handheld will be geared toward cloud gaming. Data center servers are used in cloud gaming to deliver video games to users. Games are rendered and played on remote servers, so players do not need to download or install them on their PC or gaming console.
The Logitech G brand is most recognized for its PC gaming endeavors and a few gaming consoles items. Undoubtedly, the entire purpose of cloud gaming was to eliminate the requirement for specialized hardware for games.
To that aim, many currently available cloud gaming-focused solutions are customized controllers and mounts, such as the Gamesir X2 and others. Sony just announced a unique PlayStation controller for the iPhone.
A dedicated handheld, like the Nintendo Switch Lite, might in some ways provide players with new conveniences when using cloud gaming services. At this point, it is unknown exactly how this device would function, including what operating system it will employ; a modified version of Android would undoubtedly make the most sense. Whatever the case, there is indeed a market for this gadget.
The games on this cloud handheld would be produced and played on separate servers and streamed to the console, unlike games on a Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch that perform all the processing locally. On the portable, players would merely engage with them locally.
“As one of the leading global platforms for game development, publishing and operations, Tencent Games has been at the forefront of innovation, and it’s why we partnered with them,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of Logitech G.
“As someone that grew up playing video games, the idea of being able to stream and play AAA games almost anywhere is super exciting, and we can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on,” added Ujesh Desai.