Logitech G Cloud is a portable gaming device with features from a mid-range smartphone, which may seem strange in an age where smartphones designed for gaming tend to come with high-end specs. As expected, the Logitech G Cloud was designed in collaboration with the Chinese game company Tencent games.
But it all makes sense when you realize it Logitech G Cloud is designed to be an affordable device designed for game streaming from clouds. It will be released on October 18th and the price is $350, but it has a discount of $50 during pre-orders. You can pre-order it from Logitech for $300. Unfortunately, this is only the case across the Atlantic at the moment.
Affordability is somewhat in the eye of the beholder. On the one hand, that would be a decent price for a smartphone or tablet with analog specs, putting the Logitech G Cloud within reach of a Nintendo Switch.
But the use case is different. While the Nintendo Switch is designed to play games designed on the console, Logitech G Cloud is designed for PC- and console-quality gaming streaming over the Internet from services like NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Amazon’s Luna. You can also use it to stream games from another PC or console on your home network using Xbox Remote Play or Steam Link. Game streaming on Switch is not officially supported (although an unofficial method may be coming soon).
Logitech G Cloud has a 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, with a brightness of up to 450 nits, located between a set of gamepads including dual analog sticks, D- Pad and action buttons. There are also shoulder triggers and a few keys designed to navigate this Android-based operating system.
There are also stereo speakers, stereo microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port, micro SD card reader, 6-axis gyroscope and ambient light sensor.
However, the system comes with Android 11 and has Google Mobile Services, so in addition to game streaming from services clouds, you should be able to install native Android apps and games from the Google Play Store. You may even be able to use emulators to play classic console games.
But since the main purpose is game streaming, Logitech chose a mid-range processor. Logitech G Cloud is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G processor, a mid-range chip from a few years ago that combines two ARM Cortex-A76 processor cores that can reach speeds of 2.3 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores, power saving cores peaking at 1.8GHz. It also has an Adreno 718 GPU.
You won’t be able to connect it to an external display
Logitech also ships the G Cloud with only 64GB of storage and didn’t even bother to disclose how much RAM the device has. The focus is therefore clearly on cloud game. There’s also a focus on portable gaming – there’s no support for video output on the USB-C port, then you cannot connect Logitech G Cloud to an external display.
According to an FAQ, however, there are a few nice features, including the ability to switch between “Laptop” and “Tablet” modes, depending on whether you want to use Logitech’s custom launcher for dedicated games (Laptop mode) or a more traditional Android UI (Tablet -condition).
According to Logitech, the system’s 23.1 Wh battery should provide 6.5 to 12 hours of battery life depending on usage.