The Nintendo Switch has succeeded in giving a boost to portable consoles. It must be said that, since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo console has inspired many other manufacturers who now integrate a portable format with good power and a large screen. This is particularly the case for Valve with its Steam Deck, but also for the Alienware UFO concept or the Aya Neo Pro.
Nevertheless, all these portable consoles have the same problem. These are in fact particularly heavy laptops and not necessarily suitable for use in real mobility given the heavy weight of the components and cooling systems.
CLOUD GAMING FOR A MORE COMPACT DEVICE
The promise of this new console is above all to be adapted to any video game streaming service, whether it is Geforce Now or Xbox Cloud Gaming, but also potentially Google Stadia, Amazon Luna or PlayStation Plus. The advantage of this solution is to allow the production of a machine that is much lighter, more compact and less expensive than the PCs in portable console format of competing solutions. “Cloud gaming uses servers to deliver games to consumers. There is no need to download or install any PC or console games. Instead, games are rendered and played on remote servers and users interact with them locally on their device.
For now, however, we do not know what the characteristics of this portable console developed by Logitech will be. If the material quality is not a prerequisite for enjoying a good cloud gaming experience, the manufacturer will nevertheless have to provide connectivity that is efficient enough to play not only at home, on Wi-Fi, but also potentially outdoors. For this, we can in particular imagine 4G, or even 5G, connectivity with low latency.
Logitech announces a new handheld dedicated to cloud gaming
Logitech and Tencent are just testing the device today, and there’s no mention of a release date, price, or even what the cloud gaming handheld looks like.
“As one of the world’s leading game development, publishing and operating platforms, Tencent Games has been at the forefront of innovation and that’s why we’re partnering with them,” said Ujesh Desai, General Manager of Logitech G. “As someone who grew up playing video games, the idea of being able to stream and play AAA games almost anywhere is super exciting, and we can’t wait to show to everyone we’ve worked on. »
The new cloud gaming handheld only has one dedicated site where you can sign up for updates, but Logitech promises a release later this year, so we should get more info within months. coming.
This mysterious new handheld comes months after Valve released its Steam Deck handheld, which helped transform the idea of PC gaming on the go. Steam Deck supports cloud gaming services like Stadia and Xbox cloud gaming, but some people (I like Edge Editor Alex Cranz) might want a cheaper alternative to Steam Deck that can run games in the cloud and doesn’t rely on not from your phone. It looks like Logitech is building just that.
Logitech and Tencent announce a portable console dedicated to cloud-gaming
Logitech G and Tencent have announced that they are working hand in hand on a portable game console designed for cloud-gaming. The bike should combine “Logitech G’s expertise in hardware with that of Tencent Games in software services”. The release of this new console is expected by the end of the year
We know for the moment that several services will be available, and the two companies explain that they are working with the Microsoft and NVIDIA teams to support Xbox Cloud Gaming and the GeForce NOW platform. We can also hope that Shadow and Stadia will be accessible on this new platform, even if nothing has been announced on this subject.
The information given is for the moment quite meager, and it is possible to register to be kept informed. In its press release, the company emphasizes the fact that the console will be dedicated to cloud gaming: we should therefore not be dealing with a competitor to the Switch or the Steam Deck allowing the launch of large 3D games locally. In the meantime, you will still need a good modem under the hood in order to play without lag in Wi-Fi or why not in 5G.
As there is no need for a state-of-the-art chip and a large cooling system to stream a game, we can imagine that the design and weight of the machine will be adapted accordingly. As for power, Qualcomm presented a G3x Gen 1 chip last year, designed for mobile consoles and which could be a good choice.
Logitech G is the range dedicated to the gamer of the props. For its part, Tencent is firmly established in the world of video games and is the owner of cash machines like League Of Legends and Clash Royale. The Chinese group even launched its own cloud-gaming service in 2019 called Tencent Instant Play: it allows you to play in 1080p at 60 FPS, with a latency time of less than 40 milliseconds.