Cloud gaming has change into more and more extra in style worldwide. To capitalize on the rising market, Logitech G has created a brand new, Android-powered gaming handheld that it’s devoted purely to cloud gaming — the Logitech G Cloud.
This new handheld boasts spectacular battery life, a conventional controller-style design and format, and a good touchscreen. All of this sounds fairly good, however what concerning the worth? With an MSRP of $349.99 USD, this places it in precise competition with the Steam Deck.
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Endorsed by Microsoft as an “optimized” machine for Xbox Cloud Gaming, the Logitech G Cloud is a Wi-Fi-only handheld system designed solely for such a activity. Powered by Android, the G Cloud doesn’t comprise a lot uncooked horsepower of its personal. The specs embrace a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G and an octa-core CPU that runs as much as 2.3GHz; a modest chipset, however positively nothing that may deal with some heavyweight native gaming.
For essentially the most half, the machine is focused at of us who wish to run companies like Xbox Cloud Gaming by way of Recreation Go, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Google Stadia. Microsoft and Logitech have additionally ensured that this machine is a stable companion to your Xbox system, as you’ll have the ability to use it to stream titles out of your Xbox One/Xbox Sequence console utilizing the Distant Play characteristic. Valve affords comparable performance with Steam Hyperlink, which can assist you to stream your PC video games to the G Cloud.
The system sports activities a 7-inch, 60Hz, 1080p display screen (brightness as much as 450 nits) and a roughly 12-hour battery life. Whereas the display screen may appear to be “low-res” by at this time’s requirements, a 1080p panel is what helps it obtain that projected 12-hour-plus hour battery life within the first place.
Its controller array additionally isn’t half unhealthy. Along with the standard button format (with YBAX buttons like an Xbox controller), and twin thumbsticks, the system additionally options haptics and a gyroscope. It additionally options two analog thumbsticks, making it a terrific match for racing titles like Forza Horizon 5.
Different specs embrace stereo audio system, a stereo microphone that can be utilized for voice chats (even that includes echo cancelling and noise suppression), a headphone jack, Bluetooth, and naturally, a USB-C port.
Whereas the general spec checklist isn’t half unhealthy, the truth that it solely has a dual-band Wi-Fi radio implies that your cloud gaming expertise shall be completely depending on the standard of the accessible connection. Assuming your web expertise at dwelling isn’t unhealthy, that shouldn’t be an issue.
In the meantime, congested and/or shoddy public networks while you’re out and about means your streaming expertise will both be uneven or nonexistent. To not point out that being on the mercy of cloud companies implies that you by no means absolutely personal your sport library. If there’s a title that you just love on, say, Xbox Cloud Gaming, if it will get eliminated you’ll should play one thing else.
The Logitech G Cloud handheld will launch in October for $349.99 USD. It may be pre-ordered now for an introductory worth of $299.99 USD.