Logitech has finally unveiled the recently leaked Logitech G Cloud gaming handheld device in official capacity, and it’s pretty much exactly what we speculated.
The G Cloud is a self-contained handheld that runs Android natively, so it’s capable of playing all your favorite Android games, but it’s also designed as a cloud streaming device. To that end, Logitech has partnered with Xbox to fully support Xbox Cloud streaming on the device, but with a full-fledged Android OS running on the system, it should be just as easy to access things like Google Stadia or GeForce NOW, if that’s your bag.
The Logitech G Cloud has a 7-inch FHD IPS touchscreen with up to 450 nits of brightness, both USB-C and analog 3.5mm headphone jacks, Bluetooth 5.1, stereo speakers and microphones, so it’s a pretty well-equipped little gadget. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and Logitech reckons the battery will last up to 12 hours, which is impressive enough. It’s also quite an attractive piece of kit, if you ask me:
By all accounts, a half decent little dedicated Android gaming machine that seems to fit the bill perfectly for someone who would rather have a separate device for their mobile games and cloud streaming to their phone. The catch? It costs a whopping $550 AUD ($350 USD) for the privilege. That puts it completely in line with the suggested retail price of the Nintendo Switch OLED and just $150 AUD less than what the Steam Deck is selling for in the US. It’s not that the G Cloud isn’t up to what it needs to perform in its intended use, but that’s some stiff competition from some incredibly desirable devices, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares.
The Logitech G Cloud will launch in the US and Canada on October 18, with no local release announced or confirmed. You can read more about it here.