In October, Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld it’s starting to roll out, and it hopes to become the way to play games in the cloud.
What is Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld?
From a technical perspective, Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld it packs in specs that wouldn’t feel out of place on a mid-range mobile device. It features a 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU, as well as 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB of internal storage that people can expand with an SD card. The screen is a 7-inch IPS multi-touch display that displays at 1080p resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate. Players can listen to audio through its stereo speaker, a 3.5mm stereo audio jack, or a Bluetooth 5.1 connection.
What sets it apart is that Logitech built the controllers into the device, giving it a Nintendo Switch-like look and feel. It has the d-pad, analog sticks, buttons, bumpers, and triggers expected from a modern controller, plus a home button to take players to the home screen, and a “G button” that will access more specific settings. of the system. However, players will be able to remap the controls as they wish. On top of that, gamers can expect the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld to have haptic feedback, a gyroscope, a light sensor, and even a built-in stereo microphone with echo cancellation and noise suppression support.
These aren’t top-of-the-line specs by any means, but Logitech made this decision because the device is made to play games natively on the device. It also allowed them to reduce the weight of the device to just 463 grams and give it a battery life of around 12 hours (uses USB-C for charging), which has never been seen in a gaming handheld. Think of the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld as an Android 11 tablet with built-in drivers, uniquely customized user interface, and access to native Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now apps, and the Google Play Store.
Logitech stresses that its true purpose is as a cloud gaming device, not a device for installing a bunch of apps natively. That said, only Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now will have handheld-friendly apps at launch; Google Stadia and Amazon Luna use the Android apps already available. Another caveat is that your handheld only supports Wi-Fi connections. If you were hoping to take the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld on the go and use 4G or 5G, this device doesn’t allow it. Logitech says its research showed that most people use cloud gaming over Wi-Fi connections at home, but it’s a notable limit to the appeal of a handheld as expensive as a Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series S.
Like the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x, this is a proof-of-concept idea, but it doesn’t make sense to most casual users. In practice, this is a $300+ device for people who like to play cloud games via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Nvidia GeForce Now at home, but don’t want to do it via their PC, phone or Samsung Gaming Hub. Logitech seems to think that’s a big enough market, but to me, that seems like a very niche scenario that might struggle to find broad appeal.
People already have phones that can access cloud gaming services and can get a great mobile gaming controller like the Razer Kishi V2 for less than $100. Even when it comes to cloud gaming fans, I don’t know how many will feel the need to get a device like this, especially when Logitech doesn’t run a cloud gaming service of its own. Logitech tells Digital Trends that the device’s real advantages are its lack of frequent notifications, weight, and its 12-hour battery life.
But even then, the phones are reasonably light, you can turn off notifications, and the required Wi-Fi connection means you’re never that far from a place to plug in while gaming. Its screen is good but not ultra-impressive, and the fact that Google Stadia and Amazon Luna don’t have native apps on it, but it doesn’t sting either.
For some, the logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld could solve a particular problem and finally give them an easy way to fully immerse themselves in cloud gaming. Its controls and screen might also feel pretty good to use once you get the hang of it. That said, what I saw in this hands-free preview didn’t convince me that hardcore cloud gaming fans have much of a need for this device, especially when it’s not top-notch, technically impressive, or supports all apps. of major cloud gaming.
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld will cost $300 until October 17, when it will go up to $350. Logitech currently only plans to make the device available in the United States and Canada.