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Hardware manufacturer Logitech WOOD and software giants Tencent Games are cooperating. The two companies are combining efforts to take handheld cloud gaming to the next level. The new partnership is working to bring a new handheld cloud gaming device to market by the end of 2022.
The new device is said to support multiple cloud gaming services. Both companies are working with the Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now team on the project.
“Logitech G’s leadership in PC gaming gear and consoles makes them the ideal partner to help us realize our vision of delivering better gaming experiences for gamers globally.” Tencent’s Daniel Wu said in a blog post. “Today marks the beginning of a new opportunity for our companies to further push the frontiers of gaming devices.”
Like Nintendo Switch and Steam floor has shown, gamers like to be able to play anywhere. Being able to get up and walk is fine. Being able to play games in bed can be the height of comfort.
But both the Switch and the Steam Deck have limited catalogs. A device with the portability of those, but with a much larger catalog thanks to cloud gaming it seems like a no-brainer.
When the cloud game works, it really works
Cloud gaming is something of a holy grail for the games industry. As games get bigger and bigger, users often don’t have enough space to install everything. The problem becomes bigger if a gamer lives somewhere with data caps.
For example, Grand Theft Auto V has about 100GB to download. If you download prepaid to play, the space on your hard drive has been taken up and part of the data will be gone. However, if you stream it through the cloud, you’re only burning about 2.5GB of data an hour at 720p.
If you beat it or get bored in under 40 hours, you’re on top.
I’m lucky I don’t have a data limit. But I also don’t have much space. I also play many different games at the same time, which means installs and deletes quite often. And all of that happens in the computer chair.
What if Logitech and Tencent want to set me up for reclining play? Sign me up.
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