Logitech has just officially unveiled the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled, a brand new portable console that looks like the Nintendo Switch. This machine is exclusively dedicated to the use of cloud gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce Now, which are also pre-installed on the device.
On the occasion of its Logi Play conference, the Swiss manufacturer Logitech presented a brand new console: Logitech G Cloud Gaming is handled. Although the machine shares similarities on the design side with the Nintendo Switch or Valve’s Steam Deck, the G Cloud stands out in one important point: it is exclusively dedicated to games via the cloud through the market’s main services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming, GeForce Now or even Steam Link.
Besides, these three services are directly pre-installed on the console and according to Logitech, the manufacturer has collaborated with the various publishers of these platforms to ensure optimal integration of console commands.
Logitech promises perfect optimization of cloud gaming services
The thing was also announced with great fanfare by Microsoft via an official press release published on Wednesday, September 21. “Handheld consoles are a natural step in the evolution of cloud gaming, and it’s great to see a leader hardware world like Logitech to optimize Xbox Cloud Gaming for its new device”, we can read in the Redmond company’s text.
As soon as your Logitech G Cloud launches, it will actually be possible to directly access the Xbox Cloud Gaming service to enjoy hundreds of compatible titles from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalog. Microsoft also specifies that the remote play function, Remote game, is also available on G Cloud. In other words, you will be able to stream all your Xbox games in digital format directly to the Logitech machine.
Logitech G Cloud: an adequate technical sheet for cloud gaming
But now let’s get to the technical part of G Cloud. First of all, the console embeds a processor Snapdragon 720G as well as an October-core CPU clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. This SoC, which may seem limited to local gaming, is actually sufficient for low-latency video decoding required by cloud gaming. The chip is included 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storagecan be expanded via microSD card.
In fact, note that the console has no fan, so it should be very quiet. By extension, the chassis is quite thin and light, as evidenced by its featherweight: 465 gramsalmost as much as an OLED switch.
On the screen side, we can count on one 7″ IPS LCD panel in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), with a refresh rate of 60 Hz only. Too bad for subscribers to the RTX 3080 formula from GeForce Now, who won’t be able to take advantage of 120 frames per second allowed by their subscription.
In terms of audio, the G Cloud includes two stereo speakers, a microphone with ambient noise reduction, a 3.5 mm jack portand supports Bluetooth 5.1 with aptXTM to keep waiting time to a minimum with wireless headsets and headsets.
A console for cloud gaming… without 4G/5G
In the connecting radius, this is where the shoe pinches. Paradoxically for a console dedicated to cloud gaming, G Cloud does not offer a 4G or 5G connection, but only an 802.11 ac WiFi connection (with 2×2 MIMO). In other words, the console is intended for home use only. To compensate for this major pitfall, you should know that the G Cloud has a generous battery 6000mAhwhich according to the manufacturer offers 12 hours of battery life.
For now, Logitech prefers to opt for a small launch in limited numbers. Take effect, the console is only available in the US and Canada at an introductory price of $299.99, before moving on to the final price of $349.99. We suspect that the Swiss brand wants to wait to see how the G Cloud will be received in these areas before considering a larger launch in 2023. In other words, and in case of commercial failure, there’s a good chance the G Cloud will never arrive in France.