Logitech G, a Logitech subsidiary that focuses on gaming, is revealing its latest entry into the handheld market. Developed in partnership with Tencent Games, the Logitech G Cloud makes use of the latest advancements in game streaming.
In a press release, Logitech Gaming's vice president and general manager said the game is a fantastic new way to play games. I love that you may access game libraries from anywhere. We wanted to make a device that was specifically designed for cloud gaming, which included precision controls — similar to a high-end Xbox controller — a large HD display, and a lightweight design so players can enjoy long gaming sessions without any compromises.
It's in the cloud.
What is cloud? The new handheld runs on Android and is a dedicated streaming device. It comes with Google Play, and has a small storage for app downloads. You can stream video and do other Android related things, but the main purpose is game streaming.
"Xbox Cloud Gaming was created to enable gamers around the world to access Xbox games whenever they want, on the device of their choosing," said Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft's vice president of Xbox Cloud Gaming. "We're excited to see Logitech G launch a cloud-gaming device that will delight players with Xbox games in other countries."
Cloud looks to be hitting at the right time with game subscription solutions like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Nvidia Geforce Now, and Steam Link. Players will be able to download any future streaming apps from the Google Play store.
"NVIDIA GeForce NOW is an open cloud gaming platform that streams over 1,400 PC games, including over 100 that are free-to-play," said Phil Eisler, NVIDIA's vice president and general manager of GeForce NOW cloud gaming. "It's fantastic to see Logitech G optimize the experience so gamers may enjoy their favorite PC games in an incredible new way."
Let's get to the technical details and specs of streaming.
First and foremost, the dimension. The device measures 256.84 x 117.21 x 32.95 mm (10.1 inches x 4.6 inches x 1.3 inches) and weighs 463 grams (just over 1 pound). The controls, however, are gaming grade. They include a 3D gyroscope and a light sensor.
Cloud is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. This isn't the latest mobile processor, but, according to Logitech, it's pretty good for the job. The screen is a 7 inch 19201080, 60hz IPS multi-touch screen with a brightness of 450 nits. On the connectivity front, Cloud has WiFi 22 MIMO, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.1.
Cloud includes a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX support, USB-C headphone support, and a stereo speaker. For input, we have a built in stereo microphone with echo cancellation and noise suppression.
Now, on to the most important question: how long does the battery last? In a word, excellent. When fully charged, the 6000mAh battery can last 12 hours under ideal conditions or 830 hours on standby. When your battery is low, you may utilize Quick Charge 3.0. A full charge lasts 2.5 – 3 hours.
Kicking around the house
Logitech was able to make it lighter, quieter, and cooler than its competitors. With only a pound, it's easy to play games longer times thanks to its portability.
Cloud does not include support for mobile data. Couple that with a lack of a robust operating system and limited, but upgradeable, storage, and you have a device that must have WiFi to function at its full potential. This isn't a deal-breaker for many, but it does mean you won't be playing Elden Ring on a camping trip without a hot spot.
The Logitech G cloud will be available in October on the Logitech G website, Amazon, and Best Buy, with a price tag of $349. For early adopters, the device will cost you $299 if you pre-order it.