The first images of Logitech’s upcoming handheld console have surfaced online, and it looks like a Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch have had a baby.
Following the release of Valve’s Steam Deck, Logitech is trying to break into the handheld gaming space with a console of its own. It is expected to release a portable cloud gaming system later this year, although it has not officially released any images of the system.
Prolific leaker Evan Blass claims to have given us our first glimpse of the console by uploading three images to twitter (opens in new tab). All three were removed at Logitech’s request, possibly confirming their authenticity. They were reposted on social media by other users.
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The console’s design is certainly reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch. Two analog sticks flank the center screen, slightly out of horizontal alignment. A set of four buttons sits on one side, opposite a D-pad on the other. There are two bumpers and triggers in each corner, a home button, and what appears to be a memory card slot. A yellow button in the lower left corner shows the Logitech icon, while an audio jack can be seen at the bottom edge of the console.
Its UI also resembles that of the Nintendo Switch, with its home screen showing a carousel of apps that can be navigated from left to right. One of the apps shown is the Google Play Store, suggesting that the laptop will support some – if not all – of the best Android games.
The laptop also appears to feature two protruding handles on each side, bringing its design closer to the molded, ergonomic shape of the Steam Deck. But it’s the device’s software support that could make it a true competitor to Valve. With support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now, it lets you stream the biggest triple-A games from anywhere that supports a strong enough internet connection.
While the Steam Deck launches as a PC on the go, Logitech’s new rig is more like a handheld console that lets you play a list of games you’d normally find on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S. We will have to see how much the system costs to determine how competitive it really is.
Logitech plans to release the device later this year, although we’re still awaiting an exact release date, the name of the console, and the dimensions of its screen. However, Valve handheld owners might not need it all, as a nifty solution will allow you to play Xbox Game Pass on your Steam Deck.