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The Logitech G Cloud is a handheld gaming device with the specs of a mid-range smartphone, which might seem odd at a time when phones made for gaming tend to be stuffed to the gills with premium specs.
But it makes sense when you realize that the Logitech G Cloud is designed to be an affordable device made for streaming games from the cloud. It ships October 18th, and has a retail price of $350, but it’s $50 off during pre-orders. You can pre-order one from Logitech or Amazon for $300.
Affordable is sort of in the eye of the beholder. On the one hand, that would be a decent price for a phone or tablet with similar specs, it does put the Logitech G Cloud within striking distance of a Nintendo Switch.
But the use case is different. While a Nintendo Switch is designed to play games made for the console, the Logitech G Cloud is designed for PC and console-quality games that stream 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 the Switch isn’t officially supported (although an unofficial method could be coming soon).
The Logitech G Cloud features a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel, 60 Hz IPS LCD touchscreen display with up to 450 nits brightness positioned between a set of game controllers that includes dual analog sticks, a D-Pad, and action buttons. There are also shoulder triggers and a few keys designed for navigating that Android-based operating system.
There are also stereo speakers, a stereo microphone, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-C port, microSD card reader, a 6-axis gyroscope and ambient light sensor.
The system ships with Android 11 and features Google Mobile Services though, so in addition to streaming games from cloud services, you should be able to install native Android apps and games from the Google Play Store. You might even be able to use emulators to play some classic console games.
But since the primary focus is game streaming, Logitech went with a mid-range processor. The Logitech G Cloud is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, which is a mid-range chip from a few years ago that pairs two ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores capable of speeds up to 2.3 GHz with six energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores that top out at 1.8 GHz. It also has Adreno 618 graphics.
Logitech also ships the G Cloud with only 64GB of storage and hasn’t even bothered to disclose how much RAM the device has. So the focus is clearly on cloud gaming.
The focus is also on handheld gaming – there’s no support for video output over the USB-C port, so you cannot connect the Logitech G Cloud to an external display.
According to a FAQ though, there are some interesting features including the ability to switch between “Handheld” and “Tablet” modes, depending on whether you want to use Logitech’s custom launcher for dedicated gaming (handheld mode) or a more traditional Android UI (tablet mode).
Logitech says the system’s 23.1 Wh battery should provide 6.5 – 12 hours of battery life depending on usage. The Logitech G Cloud measures 257 x 117 x 33mm (10.1″ x 4.6″ x 1.3″) and weighs 463 grams (about 1 pound).
As expected, the Logitech G Cloud was designed in partnership with Chinese gaming company Tencent games.
I think seeing this has finally pushed me to pull the trigger on buying an AYN Loki Zero.
For $200, you get a device that can also stream games over the cloud, install emulators locally, AND has video output.
This was just priced too high. I bought my Switch Lite for $199. Why would I spend more than that for something that I’m already doing with my phone and a Bluetooth controller?
The price is really expensive for streaming. $99.99 might be a sweet spot, it can still happen maybe by Black Friday
Too expensive and too big! A streaming device should be pocketable and cheap. At this price point, and size, you should just get a Steam Deck, Switch, or AYN Odin. If you want something portable, any of the many Android handhelds from Anbernic etc would be a better choice. Maybe I’ll get one of these, as a curiosity, when they get discounted below $100.
For a screen smaller than 7″, why would you not just use your phone with a controller accessory?
If anything, I think it should be bigger. Could easily get away with 8″.
It will sell like hotcakes for $150 in 6months after it’s been
Why bother going through all this effort just to trip & fall at the finish line?
“Logitech G Cloud is an Article of E-Waste Built for the Landfill”
There, fixed that for you.
Hmm… so the price is not catastrophically bad, and the ergonomics seem better than most gaming handhelds…
This might just work…
More competition is definitely a great thing. While I don’t want to compare it the obviously better product (Steam Deck) , I will say that upcoming devices from AYA around the same price range also make a device like this irrelevant at that price point. You will have the exact same streaming options , for the same price ($300- $350) as well as the ability to play games locally in the event of an internet outage. With that old processor a price more in line with the Switch Lite ($200 USD) would have made a lot more sense. Who are they trying to appeal to with this? A casual gamer will just buy a Switch or a controller attachment for their phone. A hardcore gamer/enthusiast will just buy a Deck or AYA Air …I don’t get it.
From what speculation I’ve gathered, they’re trying to appeal to households that have only phones and no other personal computers, and among them, people who can’t or won’t just use said phones with a controller attached for whatever reason.
That or parents in said households who are looking to distract the kids with a glowing rectangle for a while and don’t want to pay up for another cellular line or something.
I kinda doubt that’s the case. Most parents justify buying their kids a phone out of necessity. It’s usually because they want to give them the ability to text/call them because they need to communicate with parents outside of the house, and their iPod touch/iPad Mini doesn’t do that without Wifi.
I don’t think people shop for a portable gaming device for their kids, and opt to buy them a $799 smartphone, with a $40/mo 2yr plan.
I read of the marketing material and it appears they are trying to get casual gamers (or what they perceive as casual gamers, I mean, look at the ads. It appears they are marketing heavily to the ladies, but I know women that are more hardcore gamers than me). Perhaps there is a chance they can get the odd person that wants to be able to game away from their desk or couch and use this as a companion device. And it has the appeal as “plug and play” (for the lack of a better word) as it will be configured out of the box, I would assume. And it supports Android games and some of those are console quality. And it is only a matter of time before people get emulation running in this. Amazon appears to be selling a lot of them (too 3 video game item right now as far as sales on the site).
With all of that said, I still remain unconvinced. Game streaming hasn’t caught on with casual gamers in that way yet. Emulation is something that is anything but casual, as it would require some configuration out of the box, I’m sure (easy stuff, but remember anyone that knows that much about gaming and willing to wait a month for their device to arrive will just buy a Steam Deck or AYA device). They have to be counting on 1) The availability of this device at places like Amazon , Walmart (eventually) , etc will help move units.
2) Game streaming catching on a lot more than it has
3) People choosing this over a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck
Sorry for the long post. I really want to like this. I mean, I have a Steam Deck so I was never gonna buy one. But like I said before , more competition the better. It is still too expensive IMO ($199 – $249 max) and that SOC leaves a LOT to be desired. Good luck. I look forward to your review of this, Brad.