Logitech is preparing a portable console for cloud gaming

Great news for the video gaming world: Logitech has announced a partnership with Tencent Games to develop a portable console for cloud gaming. Expected release at the end of the year. Just in time for the holidays?

Abandoned by manufacturers in favor of ever more powerful machines and ever more demanding games, the portable console has lately seen a resurgence in popularity. It has to be said that the success of the Nintendo Switch, currently the only real portable console, is enough to arouse envy. Some have chosen to follow his example, like Valve with its Steam Deck or the Aya Neo Pro. Minor issue: These devices are still fairly large — and heavy — and look more like mini-laptops than portable consoles. In the end, the result is not really suitable for every mobility. The solution would lie more on the cloud gaming side, and Logitech understood that well.

Logictech and Tencent Games: a shocking partnership

Logitech, the leading Swiss specialist for computer accessories, announced in a media release a partnership with the Chinese publisher Tencent – specializing in online and mobile services. Together they will develop a game console dedicated to cloud gaming, i.e. playing “through” the Internet. “Today, Logitech G and Tencent Games are announcing a partnership that will launch a portable cloud gaming console later this year, combining Logitech G’s hardware expertise with the software services expertise of Tencent combined.”we can read in the press release.

Cloud gaming at Microsoft ©Microsoft

Daniel Wu, General Manager of Tencent Games Smart Solution Innovation Lab, does not hide his enthusiasm for this project and has also stated it “Logitech G’s leadership position in PC and console gaming gear makes it the perfect partner to help us realize our vision of bringing better gaming experiences to gamers around the world. Today marks the beginning of a new opportunity for our companies to push the boundaries of gaming devices even further.” With this in mind, the two groups are collaborating directly with two big players in cloud gaming: Nvidia GeForce Now and Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming – which, with its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, specifically focuses on cloud gaming on consoles, PC, mobile and smart TV offers. The console is also said to support other upcoming video game streaming services such as Google Stadia, Amazon Luna or PlayStation Plus – should Sony decide to extend the cloud gaming feature of its PlayStation Plus Premium to other devices such as consoles and PC.

Cloud Gaming: The Future of Video Games?

Cloud gaming is a booming sector that can revolutionize the habits of many players and break down certain barriers. When a computer or console provides all the resources for a video game to run, “Cloud gaming uses servers to deliver games to consumers. There is no need to download or install PC or console games. Instead, games are rendered and played on remote servers, and users interact with them locally on their device.”, the statement said. The device that supports the game does not calculate almost anything, since its only purpose is to display the images of the game, which are calculated remotely by specialized servers and sent in real time. All the heavy processing that requires powerful processors like graphics, but also a large cooling system and a latest-gen chip – and weighs down the console – is done on the servers. Consequently, this should impact the design and weight of the future portable console while making it more financially accessible. Microsoft understood this well with the announcement of its new console dedicated to cloud gaming, the Xbox Keystone.

Xbox keystone ©Microsoft

But even though the server does everything, it is still necessary to limit the latency between the server and the player as much as possible since video games are interactive by nature – unlike movies or music. They therefore require exemplary responsiveness, especially for online games that require very good 4G coverage, or even access to 5G if the player is on the move without the ability to connect to Wi-Fi.The console is still not known, nor its price. But Logitech’s know-how and commercial clout should logically support the growth of this emerging and very promising market.

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