Images of Logitech's upcoming handheld gaming console were leaked on Twitter by renowned blogger Evan Blass. The images show a white-coloured handheld console with apps from Google Play Store, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia GeForce Now. Its design and interface looks similar to Nintendo Switch. The images have now been removed for copyright violation.
Logitech announced on August 2 that it is working with Tencent Games to launch a cloud gaming hand-held console later this year. Logitech said at the time that the device will support multiple cloud gaming platforms.
Hand-held consoles have made a comeback in the last few years on the back of strong sales of Nintendo’s Switch devices. In February, Nintendo said in its earnings calls that it has sold over 103 million units of Switch since its launch in 2017, making it the third highest-selling gaming device for the company after Game Boy and Nintendo DS. Switch has already surpassed Wii’s lifetime sales.
Following Switch’s success, gaming company Valve, known for its Steam PC store, also launched a hand-held device called Steam Deck in February. Unlike Switch, which has its proprietary OS, Steam Deck is a lot like a PC and supports multiple operating systems. It comes with the default Linux-based SteamOS and can also run Windows 11, allowing gamers to access any of the games in the Steam library on the Deck.
Logitech’s device will enhance interest in the hand-held console gaming segment further as it brings more variety by offering the option to stream AAA cloud games from Xbox Cloud as well as GeForce Now. It also supports the Play Store, which means gamers can play their favorite Android games on it too. As of now, most Android games can only be played on a smartphone or tablet with a game controller.