Cloud gaming has develop into more and more extra standard 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 standard controller-style design and structure, and an honest touchscreen. All of this sounds fairly good, however what concerning the value? With an MSRP of $349.99 USD, this places it in precise competitors with the Steam Deck.
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Endorsed by Microsoft as an “optimized” system for Xbox Cloud Gaming, the Logitech G Cloud is a Wi-Fi-only handheld system designed solely for such a process. Powered by Android, the G Cloud doesn’t include 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 undoubtedly nothing that may deal with some heavyweight native gaming.
For probably the most half, the system is focused at of us who need to run providers like Xbox Cloud Gaming by way of Sport Cross, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Google Stadia. Microsoft and Logitech have additionally ensured that this system is a strong companion in your Xbox system, as you’ll be capable to use it to stream titles out of your Xbox One/Xbox Sequence console utilizing the Distant Play function. Valve provides comparable performance with Steam Hyperlink, which is able to assist you to stream your PC video games to the G Cloud.
The system sports activities a 7-inch, 60Hz, 1080p display (brightness as much as 450 nits) and a roughly 12-hour battery life. Whereas the display would possibly appear to be “low-res” by at the moment’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 structure (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 an amazing 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 record 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 out there connection. Assuming your web expertise at house isn’t unhealthy, that shouldn’t be an issue.
In the meantime, congested and/or shoddy public networks once 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 providers implies that you by no means totally personal your recreation library. If there’s a title that you just love on, say, Xbox Cloud Gaming, if it will get eliminated you’ll must 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 value of $299.99 USD.