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Logitech G Gaming: Handheld Cloud Gaming Console

Logitech is currently preparing a handheld gaming console designed for cloud gaming. Currently called G Gaming, it will run on Android and have a design similar to the Nintendo Switch.

Logitech’s upcoming handheld console continues to reveal itself! It is currently called the Logitech G Gaming, after the name the manufacturer gave it on its website. Evan Blass, a well-known insider – @evleaks on Twitter – presented three images of a portable console that teach us a lot. Overall, the Logitech G Gaming looks like the Nintendo Switch, but in white, with the screen surrounded by a fairly large black border. There’s a joystick and options buttons on either side, a D-pad and a yellow Logitech G button on the left, and A, B, X, and Y keys, and a home button on the right. There are four triggers on the back. But first of all, the interface is interesting, since the console seems to run on Android! The carousel cursor is stopped in the Google Play store and we can see the logos of the Chrome browser, YouTube, but above all the cloud gaming services Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia GeForce and Steam Remote Play. At the top left are tabs that provide access to the profile, messages, photos/screenshots, general settings, and the power menu. Finally, in the top right corner we see the time, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and the battery level. It remains to be seen if the console will arrive in time for the Christmas holidays!

Logictech and Tencent Games: a shocking partnership

Abandoned by manufacturers in favor of ever more powerful machines and increasingly demanding games, the handheld console has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. It must be said that the success of the Nintendo Switch, currently the only true handheld console, is enough to inspire envy. Some have decided to follow suit, such as Valve with their Steam Deck or Aya Neo Pro. Small problem: these devices are still quite large – and heavy – and more like mini laptops than handheld consoles. As a result, the result is not very suitable for any kind of mobility. The solution would rather be on the side of cloud gaming, and Logitech was well aware of this.

In a press release, Logitech, a leading Swiss computer accessory specialist, announced a partnership with Chinese online and mobile services publisher Tencent. Together they will develop a game console designed for cloud gaming, i.e. games “over” the Internet. “Today, Logitech G and Tencent Games announce a partnership to bring a portable cloud gaming console to market later this year that will combine Logitech G’s hardware expertise with Tencent’s software services expertise,” the press release reads. .

Daniel Wu, General Manager of Tencent Games Smart Solution Innovation Lab, makes no secret of his enthusiasm for this project and therefore stated that “Logitech G’s leadership in PC and console gaming hardware makes it an ideal partner for us. the best gaming experience for gamers around the world. Today marks the beginning of a new opportunity for our companies to push the boundaries of gaming devices even further.” With that in mind, the two teams are working directly with two of the major players in cloud gaming: Nvidia GeForce Now and Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming, which notably offer cloud gaming on consoles, PCs, mobile devices, and smart TVs with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. . The console should also support other future video game streaming services such as Google Stadia, Amazon Luna or PlayStation Plus if Sony chooses to expand the cloud gaming feature of its PlayStation Plus Premium to other devices such as consoles and PCs.

Cloud gaming: the future of video games?

Cloud gaming is a booming sector that has the potential to revolutionize the habits of many gamers and break down certain barriers. Where a computer or console provides all the resources to run a video game, “cloud gaming uses servers to deliver games to consumers. No need to download or install PC games or consoles. Instead, games are displayed and played on remote servers. and users interact with them locally on their device.” The device that supports the game calculates almost nothing, as it only serves to display game images that are calculated remotely by specialized servers and sent in real time. All the heavy processing that requires powerful processors such as graphics, as well as a large cooling system and the latest generation chip – and which makes the console heavier – is done on servers. Therefore, this should affect the design and weight of the future portable console, making it more affordable from a financial point of view. Microsoft got it right when they announced their new Xbox Keystone console for cloud gaming.

Xbox cornerstone © Microsoft

But although the server does everything, it is still necessary to limit the delay between the server and the player as much as possible, because video games are inherently interactive – unlike movies or music. Therefore, exemplary responsiveness is required of them, especially for online games that require very good 4G coverage or even 5G access when the player is on the move without Wi-Fi connectivity. price. But the know-how and commercial power of Logitech should logically contribute to the growth of this emerging and very promising market.

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