Logitech has finally unveiled the recently-leaked Logitech G Cloud gaming handheld device in an official capacity, and it’s pretty much exactly what we speculated.
The G Cloud is a standalone handheld that natively runs Android, so it’s capable of playing all of your favourite Android games, but it’s also designed to be a device for cloud streaming. To that end Logitech has partnered with Xbox to fully support Xbox Cloud streaming on the device, though with a full-fat Android OS 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 packs a 7″ FHD IPS touchscreen that’s capable of up to 450 nits brightness, both USB-C and analog 3.5mm headphone connections, Bluetooth 5.1, stereo speakers and microphones so it’s a fairly well-equipped little gadget. It’s running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and Logitech reckons the battery should last up to 12 hours which is impressive enough. It’s also quite an attractive piece of kit, if you ask me:
For all intents and purposes, a half-decent little dedicated Android gaming machine that seems like the perfect fit for someone who’d prefer to 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 squarely in line with the RRP of the Nintendo Switch OLED and only $150 AUD less than what the Steam Deck retails for in the US. It’s not as though the G Cloud is lacking in 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.