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Logitech’s cloud gaming handheld leaks with Android apps and Switch-like UI

Logitech’s new cloud gaming handheld leaked weeks after the company announced it was working on the new device. Logitech G and Tencent Games confirmed their plans for a dedicated handheld earlier this month, and now Evan Blass tweeted images of the handheld that reveal access to the Google Play store, as well as support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.

The Logitech G Gaming handheld is about the same size as a Nintendo Switch, and it even includes a Switch-like user interface where you cycle through apps and games. A leaked image shows Chrome and YouTube apps, alongside Xbox, Nvidia and Steam icons. As Blass tweeted images of the handheld, Logitech was quick to file a DMCA complaint to remove them from Twitter (and thus confirm the authenticity of the device).

The back of the Logitech G Gaming handheld.
Image: Evan Blass (Twitter)

Access to Google Play means this handheld should be able to run the latest mobile games natively, alongside its focus on cloud gaming. Logitech never mentioned Android support earlier this month, opting instead to focus on its support for several cloud gaming services.

The white handheld features two offset analog sticks, a D-Pad, and the Y, B, A, and X buttons. There are also four buttons on the front: Logitech, home, menu, and a context menu button. There are also two bumper buttons and two trigger buttons, much like most modern controllers.

The Logitech G Gaming handheld’s screen size isn’t immediately clear from the leaked images, but one image reveals that there’s a potential mute switch and microSD card expansion slot.

The handheld has all the buttons you would want.
Image: Evan Blass (Twitter)

Logitech’s gaming handheld might be one of the first to use Qualcomm’s new G3x platform. Announced last year, the new G3x chip is designed for Steam Deck or Switch-style handhelds, and it features an Adreno GPU capable of running the latest mobile games. So far, we’ve only seen a Razer dev kit running the G3x, with a 6.65-inch OLED display that can run at 120Hz.

Either way, Logitech is promising a launch later this year. The leak of Logitech’s G Gaming Handheld comes months after Valve released its Steam Deck, which transformed PC gaming on the go. Steam Deck supports cloud gaming services like Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming, but there’s definitely room for an Android alternative that can also run cloud gaming and doesn’t rely on your phone.