Logitech’s cloud gaming handheld is dripping with Android apps and a Switch-like UI

Logitech's cloud gaming handheld is dripping with Android apps and a Switch-like UI
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Logitech’s new cloud gaming hardware has leaked weeks after it was sold by the company working on a new device. Logitech G and Tencent Games confirmed their plans for a dedicated handheld earlier this month and now Evan Blass tweeted Images of the handheld show access to the Google Play store, along with support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.

The Logitech G Gaming Handheld looks about the same size as the Nintendo Switch, and it even includes a Switch-like UI where you swipe between apps and games. One of the leaked images shows the Chrome and YouTube apps, along with the Xbox, Nvidia and Steam icons. Although Blass tweeted images of the handheld, Logitech was quick to follow suit File a DMCA complaint deleting them from Twitter (and thus confirming the authenticity of the device).

The back of the Logitech G Gaming Handheld.
Photo: Evan Blass (twitter)

Google Play access means this handset should be able to run the latest mobile games locally, while also focusing on cloud gaming. Logitech never mentioned support for Android earlier this month, choosing instead to focus on its support for multiple cloud gaming services.

The white handheld includes two different analog thumbsticks, a D-Pad, and Y, B, A, and X buttons. There are also four buttons on the front: Logitech, home, menu and context menu button. Like most modern controllers, there are two bumper buttons and two trigger buttons.

It’s not immediately clear from the leaked images how big the display is on the Logitech G Gaming Handheld, but one image shows a potential mute switch and a microSD card expansion slot.

The handheld has all the buttons you want.
Photo: Evan Blass (twitter)

Logitech’s gaming hardware could be one of the first to use Qualcomm’s new G3x platform. It was announced last year, the new G3x chip is designed for handheld devices like the Steam Deck or Switch and features an Adreno GPU capable of handling the latest mobile games. So far, we’ve only seen a Razer developer kit device with the G3x, complete with a 6.65-inch OLED display capable of running at 120Hz.

Either way, Logitech promises it will be available later this year. The leak of Logitech’s G Gaming Handheld comes months after Valve released Steam Deck, which changed PC gaming on the go. Steam Deck supports cloud gaming services like Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gamingbut there is room for an Android alternative that can also run cloud games and doesn’t depend on your phone.

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