Tencent, China’s tech giant, registered a patent in October 2020 for a “PC game console” that has now been released by analyst Daniel Ahmad. Its images leave no doubt: it is a tablet with a design similar to Nintendo Switch, but its buttons are the same used by Windows or Xbox. The most likely theory, which Amhad himself comments on, is that it would be compatible with Windows 10 games.
The idea is not excessively original, there are already similar devices with Android or Windows operating system, but this is the first time Tencent has shown interest in entering the world of portable consoles. The console industry still has a lot of growth potential in China, so it seems logical that the company – which distributes Nintendo Switch in the country – will present its device, compatible with the PC catalog.
At the bottom of the console we can see a USB-C port, HDMI port – it would allow to connect the console to a TV or monitor -, USB -for example to expand space – and what appears to be a headphone connection; it also has triggers. However, unlike Switch, controls cannot be separated from the screen, making the console a specially dedicated model for portable gaming.
Ahmad recalls that, like many other patents, this does not mean that the product will become a commercial product, but if it goes ahead, it would “allow players to play existing PC titles, including Tencent games, portablely, beyond traditional laptops.”