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There’s no shortage of handheld gaming devices these days, ranging from smartphones to consoles to full-fledged gaming PCs. But thanks to the rise of cloud gaming, you might not need a high-power handheld to play PC and console-quality games, as long as you’ve got a good internet connection.

So Logitech and Tencent have announced plans for a different kind of gaming handheld: one that’s designed for cloud gaming.

Details are light at the moment, but the handheld comes from a partnership between the gaming divisions of the two companies, Logitech G and Tencent games. According to a statement, they’ve been working with the teams behind Microsoft’s XBox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game streaming services to ensure that the upcoming handheld will support AAA gaming.

Since the games are actually running on remote servers, the handheld doesn’t need a high-end or power-hungry processor or GPU. But it will need fast, low-latency, and reliable internet. And the quality of the device’s display and controls could make or break the product. Pricing will be another important factor, obviously.

More details should be revealed closer to launch, but Logitech notes that users can now sign up to receive updates by email.

via @LogitechG

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  1. Unless this is really inexpensive, the idea is DOA. A 4G antenna won’t do for cloud gaming so it would have to have 5G built in, making it a lot more expensive. It will basically be useless away from Wi-Fi. Good luck.

  2. I see cloud gaming more of a side/additional thing for an existing device: desktop, phone, PC handheld, etc.

    Not sure about a dedicated device that might not do other things unless it’s super cheap. Competing against phone controller attachments kind of cheap.

  3. There is absolutely no point for such a device when you can just use the phone you aren’t allowed to not have anyway.
    Also tencent is half of China’s social credit system, anyone working with them is selling out to evil.

  4. How’s cloud gaming nowadays?

    I tried xCloud when it was still called that on my phone. It was okay on home Wi-Fi but there aren’t much decent Wi-Fi outside the house. The experience on LTE varied with coverage of course which was very apparent during a commute (my main use case) where you’re moving from cell tower to cell tower.

    After which I decided to just get a PC gaming handheld and use cloud gaming when I needed to but I have yet to need to for the games I’ve played so far.

  5. Steam deck still seems the best compromise, esp if it’s Xbox game streaming.
    Enough power for local running and chrome/brave/browser of choose for streaming launched from the steam ui.

    Logi are going to need to sell it very cheap if it’s a streaming only device.

  6. Logitech controller = need a new one every year. Logitech handheld? Sounds like a great idea… for Logitech. Customers get the privileged to buy a new console every year when the most used button stops working.