What happened now? Logitech and Tencent Games are teaming up to bring a portable cloud gaming device to market, and you can even get it before your Steam deck arrives. The PDA will combine Logitech G’s hardware expertise with Tencent’s renowned software services. The two are working with teams from Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now to enable gamers to play AAA games while away from their PC or console.

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Unlike Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch, which do all processing locally, games on this cloud-based handheld will be displayed and played on remote servers and streamed to the console. Players simply interact with them locally on the laptop.

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Today’s announcement boils down to teaser. Beyond a promised launch date later this year, we have no word on how much the system will cost or what it might look like.

PDAs are all the rage right now, and Logitech and Tencent want to capitalize on their popularity. However, as a cloud-centric portable device, it’s safe to assume that Logitech won’t load it with the most powerful processor hardware on the market. This should lower costs and make it more accessible to a wider range of potential buyers.

With the rise of 5G and high-speed Wi-Fi, the wireless infrastructure appears ready to support such efforts. Cloud gaming itself has also come a long way in the past decade after some initial setbacks with several big players including Microsoft, Google and Nvidia now using the services.

Smartphones can be a major hurdle for cloud-based PDAs. Modern phones have enough power to provide a solid gaming experience, and they only get better with time. Add a custom controller like Rather Kishi or Backbone One, and you have a serious mobile gaming platform at your disposal.

Interested parties are invited Post their email address on the Logitech website to be among the first to receive news about the cloud gaming handheld.