Logitech’s cloud gaming handheld leaks with Android apps and Switch-like UI


Logitech’s new cloud gaming handheld leaked weeks after the company teased that it was working on the new device. Logitech G and Tencent Games confirmed their plans for a dedicated handheld earlier this month, and now Evan Blass tweeted photos of the handheld revealing access to the Google Play Store, alongside support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.

The Logitech G Gaming Handheld looks about the same size as a Nintendo Switch and even has a Switch-like user interface that lets you browse apps and games. A leaked image shows Chrome and YouTube apps, alongside Xbox, Nvidia and Steam icons. While Blass tweeted images of the handheld, Logitech was quick to act file a DMCA complaint to remove them from Twitter (and thus confirm the authenticity of the device).

The back of the Logitech G Gaming Handheld.
Image: Evan Blass (Twitter)

Access to Google Play means this handheld should be able to run the latest mobile games natively, in addition to focusing on cloud gaming. Logitech never mentioned support for Android earlier this month, opting to focus on supporting multiple cloud gaming services.

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

It’s not immediately clear from the leaked images how big the screen of the Logitech G Gaming Handheld is, but one image shows that there is a possible mute switch and microSD card expansion slot.

The handheld has all the buttons you could want.
Image: Evan Blass (Twitter)

Logitech’s gaming handheld could be one of the first to adopt Qualcomm’s new G3x platform. The new G3x chip, announced last year, is designed for Steam Deck-like or Switch-like handhelds and has an Adreno GPU that can run the latest mobile games. We’ve only seen a Razer developer kit device so far with the G3x, complete with a 6.65-inch OLED display that can run at 120Hz.

Anyway, Logitech promises a launch later this year. Logitech’s G Gaming Handheld leak comes months after Valve released its Steam Deck, which transformed PC gaming on the go. Steam Deck supports cloud gaming services like Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming, but there’s certainly room for an Android alternative that can also run cloud games and doesn’t rely on your phone.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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