Cloud Gaming is interesting because it allows non-traditional gaming companies to enter the market without needing a broad ecosystem. Logitech is one such company. The famed peripheral creator is targeting an increase in cloud gaming activity to make its upcoming Logitech G Gaming Handheld a success.
Today, we are getting the first glimpse of that device, and it does seem interesting. Logitech has been working with Tencent Games on the device, which was initially announced earlier this month. Leaker Evan Blass sent out a tweet of images showing the handheld, highlighting it will have access to the Google Play Store, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia's GeForce Now.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is at the forefront of cloud expansion into the gaming industry. It allows gamers to connect with eligible Xbox Game Pass titles from any device. Microsoft Azure servers handle the workload, so games can run on diverse hardware like smartphones and TVs.
Microsoft is not the only provider, with rivals like the GeForce Now and Steam services also available. And this is where non-traditional gaming providers can become important in the market. Hardware like the Logitech G Gaming Handheld can provide access to various services in one device.
That is why seeing the Steam, Nvidia, Xbox, YouTube, and Google Play icons is a good sign. It is worth noting Logitech quickly filed a DMCA complaint against Blass and Twitter removed the images. This is significant because it confirms they are real.
Specs for the device are unclear. Reports point to the new Qualcomm G3x platform running the show and an Adreno GPU. Other rumored specs include a 6.66-inch OLED display running at 120Hz.
If you are wondering why you would pay hundreds of dollars for this device when those cloud gaming platforms are available on smartphones, there is one obvious answer. Xbox Cloud Gaming, for example, does not support touch controls. That means you need a physical controller to play games on a smartphone… hardly convenient for a full mobile gaming device.
Devices like the Logitech G Gaming Handheld bridge that gap by adding physical controls to a mobile device.
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