Logitech is allegedly working on a handheld, Android-powered gaming console.
Enlarge / Logitech is allegedly engaged on a handheld, Android-powered gaming console.

Evan Blass

There are various Nintendo-Change-style, Android-powered gaming handhelds on the market, often obtainable as imports on eBay or AliExpress. Some, just like the AYN Odin, are pretty well-regarded. Others, just like the Retroid Pocket 2+, are much less good, however they’re so low cost that they’re nonetheless price shopping for for individuals who desire a portable console for old-school sport console emulators. But it surely’s uncommon for any of them to have backing from a significant firm, dependable {hardware} and guarantee help, or clear software program replace insurance policies (past occasional Android model updates or help from alternate Android distributions).

That is why the rumors of a Change-like, Android-based portable from Logitech caught our eye. Initially teased by prolific leaker Evan Blass (and preserved by The Verge following a DMCA takedown), the hand held is certainly harking back to a Change Lite. It has 4 face buttons (organized Xbox-style with the “A” on the underside and “B” on the precise, quite than Nintendo-style with these buttons reversed), left and proper shoulder buttons and triggers, asymmetrical twin joysticks, a D-pad, and 4 different face buttons for varied system features. However the machine seems to run a personalized model of Android with full Google Play entry, and it appears to have built-in entry to Microsoft’s, Nvidia’s, and Valve’s sport streaming companies for portable PC gaming.

Blass factors out that the hand held is probably going the fruit of a not too long ago introduced collaboration between Logitech and Chinese language tech firm Tencent. In early August, the businesses stated they’d “mix Logitech G’s experience in {hardware} with Tencent Video games’ experience in software program companies” to create a streaming-focused handheld gaming console at some undisclosed future date.

The console appears to have space for a microSD card slot on top. It looks more than a little like a Nintendo Switch Lite.
Enlarge / The console seems to have area for a microSD card slot on prime. It appears to be like greater than just a little like a Nintendo Change Lite.

Whereas we all know what it appears to be like like, we do not know the machine’s specs, together with its SoC, its display measurement or decision, its RAM or storage allotment (it does seem to incorporate a microSD slot on prime, nonetheless), or its battery life. A sooner chip would make the console value extra, however it will additionally enable it to capably emulate newer consoles just like the Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, and Wii, whereas many low cost portables prime out on the authentic PlayStation or the Nintendo 64.

And pricing will be key. The console could most likely afford to be costlier than a few of the $100-ish no-name Android consoles on the market, however it will ideally be fairly a bit cheaper than x86-based handhelds just like the Steam Deck. These consoles are bigger and heavier than most Android consoles, however they’re additionally far more versatile as a result of they’re highly effective sufficient to run PC video games straight as a substitute of through streaming. They will additionally emulate newer consoles at increased high quality settings.

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