The streaming Logitech G Cloud handheld is a troublesome promote
Logitech’s cloud gaming handheld will launch at $350, with pre-orders coming in $50 cheaper
After a lot hypothesis and a few leaks, Logitech has lifted the lid on its new built-for-cloud-gaming handheld system, the Logitech G Cloud, forward of its October 17 launch. It’s a tool for gamers who actively use providers like Xbox Cloud Gaming or Nvidia GeForce Now (and even Steam Hyperlink), however loads of us are nonetheless solely dabbling on this stuff at greatest.
The hand-held Android system has a 7-inch 1080p touchscreen, a supposed 12-hour battery life, and “haptics, gyroscope, and remappable management,” in accordance with Logitech. I’ll say, it’s a smooth design. The Logitech G Cloud is 10.11 inches by 4.61 inches, and weighs 463 grams, which might sandwich it between the Nintendo Swap and Steam Deck.
How highly effective is it? The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, an “octa-core CPU as much as 2.3GHz.” Per The Verge, it’s obtained 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS storage.
Right here’s the difficult bit: at launch in October, the Logitech G Cloud will price a hard-to-justify $350 — however for individuals who pre-order, the hand-held system might be $300. Nonetheless!
In different phrases, it’s a cool system that’s going to really feel means too limiting — until, in fact, you’re actually all the way down to play video games over Wi-Fi proper now. I may see extra of us getting there collectively, finally, however even with some constructive Xbox Cloud Gaming experiences, this feels too early to me. Particularly in comparison with the Steam Deck (and future iterations).
Sport Go is doing the heavy lifting
One massive promoting level is the Xbox angle. In line with VP of Xbox Cloud Gaming Catherine Gluckstein, they’ve “labored with Logitech to allow our Distant Play function, additionally pinned as a shortcut to the house display. Distant Play differs from Xbox Cloud Gaming by letting you stream your full Xbox library — going past titles in Xbox Sport Go — out of your private Xbox console to telephones, tablets, and now handhelds.”
The top of Xbox, Phil Spencer, tweeted that he’s “been utilizing the Logitech G Cloud for a few month,” and known as it an “unimaginable streaming system for enjoying whereas I’m away from my console. I like the texture, the battery life, and display measurement. Took it to Europe and TGS with me and had a good time taking part in, even on lodge Wi-Fi.”
That stated, Xbox cloud assist is just getting simpler to come back by.
Even in good circumstances, mileage can range significantly for cloud gaming. Are you outright in opposition to this sort of streaming handheld, or may you see a use for it in your life? Both means, I feel most of us will agree that the value is hard to miss.
It’s not a one-to-one comparability, however I’d argue that utilizing a more moderen telephone with a cell controller (or a gamepad attachment) will get the job finished for lots of us.