Logitech Cloud-Gaming-Only Handheld Console ships in October for $350

Logitech’s new G Cloud Gaming Handheld, a sort of Switch-esque console designed with Microsoft and Nvidia, launched with little fanfare ranging from partnership announcement to be ordered on Wednesday. The device is specifically intended to be played from: cloud-based gaming servicesespecially (and unsurprisingly) Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now, as well as using local game streamers like Xbox Remote Play and Steam Link. And Google Stadia lives in Logitech’s FAQ, but nowhere else, which also says you can play on Amazon Luna via Chrome.

Amazon lists it as available on October 18 – Logitech just says October – and while it normally costs $350, you can pre-order it at a retail price of $300. Subscriptions to the cloud services are not included.

The screen is pretty basic: a 1080p, 7-inch IPS display with a 60Hz refresh rate and 450 nits of brightness. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G with 4GB of memory — Android inside. It has stereo speakers with an amplifier, a stereo noise-cancelling microphone and both 3.5mm and USB-C audio output (no video), as well as Bluetooth 5.1. You can only connect via Wi-Fi 5 — no cellular support, which is disappointing.

Built-in storage is 64GB, but it’s not clear what can be installed or stored locally; it does have a slot for a microSD/TF card. It also claims “linear haptics” for the controls, but it’s not clear what that means. The company promises up to 12-and-a-half hours of playtime. It weighs about a pound (463 grams), and its dimensions are somewhere between steam deck and Nintendo Switch.

I have mixed feelings about this. Confirm any type controller to a phone is still a bit of a hassle, and even big screen phones feel a bit small because they’re tall and narrow instead of 16:9. But for its price, it competes with the Switch for money, even if they are very different devices. And it’s spec’d for lowest common denominator cloud gaming, not something like GeForce Now’s RTX 3080 high-refresh 1440p. In addition, we have become accustomed to OLED screens on many devices. There is also no question of a charging station.

This will take some thinking. And lots of hands-on testing.

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