What you need to know
- Logitech has teamed up with Microsoft and NVIDIA to offer a handheld device powered entirely by Xbox and NVIDIA GeForce Now cloud gaming services.
- The Logitech G CLOUD handheld gaming device is a multifunctional Android gaming device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, scheduled to be released in October 2022.
- The handheld device comes standard with Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce Now, with support for Google Play services, with access to services such as Stadia, Amazon Luna, Steam Link, and other gaming applications.
- It starts at $ 349 and is scheduled to launch in the US and Canada next month with other regions coming later.
One of my biggest criticisms of Xbox Cloud Gaming has been peripherals. Touch controls are fine for some games, and mobile controllers like the Razer Kishi and GameSir X2 family are decent in some circumstances. However, playing on the phone has a number of downsides, ranging from non-game notifications to draining your battery, and even tactile controls obscuring UI elements. I have called on Microsoft to create its own portable device and this could be the next best thing.
Say hello to Logitech G Cloud, offering a dedicated streaming device starting at $ 349 starting in the US and Canada.
Logitech G Cloud: What is it?
Logitech G Cloud is a portable gaming device that focuses on cloud streaming, with hardware optimizations specifically designed to improve video streams from services like Xbox Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Steam Link. It does not support LTE for 4G or 5G support, and is mainly intended for home Wi-Fi gaming on the couch via the cloud.
It comes with Snapdragon 720 and 4GB of RAM which is not suitable for mobile games like Genshin Impact or Diablo Immortal. Still, thanks to optimization, it should provide a great experience for cloud gaming streaming services, complete with Xbox-style ABXY controls, triggers, bumpers, and analog joysticks.
Logitech G Cloud has a handheld gaming interface that lets you populate with streaming services you install and take screenshots and clips. Indeed, this handheld device is essentially an Android 11 tablet and also offers a full suite of Google Play services for downloading streaming services and applications. It has multi-touch support, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX for sound, with a Full HD screen with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 ideal for modern consoles and PC games.
The full technical specification can be found below.
Logitech G Cloud: Specifications
|Aries||LPDDR4x 4 GB|
|Storage||UFS 64 GB|
|Expandable microSD memory slot|
|processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 2.3 GHz octa-core processor|
|Controls||Xbox style ABXY face buttons|
|L and R joysticks, bumpers and triggers|
|Optional L and R buttons, “G” menu button, Android “home” button|
|Haptic feedback, 3D gyroscope, light sensor|
|Wireless connection||Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz|
|USB type||USB 3.1 USB-C x1|
|Display||7 inch IPS screen, multi-touch|
|450 nits brightness|
|1920 x 1080 FHD, refresh rate 60Hz|
|Audio||3.5mm stereo audio jack, stereo speakers|
|Stereo microphone, echo cancellation and noise suppression|
|Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX codec support|
|USB-C headphone support|
|Battery||6000mAh, up to 12 hours of cloud gaming (50% volume, 50% brightness)|
|Up to 830 hours of standby time|
|Quick Charge 3.0, Up to 2.5 hours of charging|
|Dimensions and weight||257mm x 117mm x 33mm|
|AXIS||Android 11 with Google Play and OTA updates|
|Manual mode||Logitech Game Launcher with the ability to change settings|
|Tablet mode||A vanilla tablet with Android 11|
|Pre-installed applications||Google, Xbox Game Pass, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Steam Link services|
Logitech G Cloud: release date, price and availability
The Logitech G Cloud will be priced at $ 349, but retailers are already pricing at $ 299. It will debut in the United States and Canada on October 18, 2022.
Speaking with Logitech, the company hinted that the plan is ultimately set to go global by launching in locations where Xbox Cloud Gaming and other streaming services are available.
Logitech G Cloud: why it can be amazing
You might be wondering why Logitech G Cloud costs $ 349 given Steam Deck runs games natively and starts at $ 399. The main difference here is the software grant. Steam can offer its hardware at a lower price as it downloads some of the software sold through its massive storefront.
Logitech G Cloud is pure hardware, with Google taking over all software sales through Google Play, and NVIDIA and Xbox taking over subscriptions through the browser. It is a vanilla Android tablet designed entirely for cloud streaming and cloud gaming, using Google’s vanilla Android platform.
While it may seem a bit pricey, costing more than the Xbox Series S itself, Logitech offers an open-ended alternative right out of the box. It does not offer any software services via the platform. However, this should provide a more natural experience for the growing number of streaming services.
Cloud gaming is great on mobile in the blink of an eye, but even the biggest phone screens can’t do well with small fonts designed for TV screens and monitors. It looks like this device can provide a much more optimized “handheld” Xbox. It will offer better battery life on devices like Steam Deck without draining your main phone’s battery.
We will see how well it works in practice. It’s possible that the overhead of Google Play licensing and so on make this device too expensive for most. But Logitech G Cloud could be a promising solution for those addicted to cutting-edge cloud services from Microsoft, NVIDIA, and more, and offering millions of touch apps for Android tablets out of the box at least sweetens the deal for me.
We will inform you of our final thoughts as soon as we have them in the near future.