What you need to know
- Logitech has teamed up with Microsoft and NVIDIA to offer a mobile device entirely based on the Xbox and NVIDIA GeForce Now cloud gaming services.
- The Logitech G CLOUD Mobile Game is an all-in-one Android handheld game with WiFi and Bluetooth support, slated for release in October 2022.
- The mobile device comes with Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce Now bundled as standard, with support for Google Play Services, and with access to services like Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Steam Link, among other gaming apps.
- It starts at $349 and is scheduled to launch in the US and Canada next month, with other regions later.
One of my biggest criticisms of Xbox Cloud gaming was the peripherals. Touch controls are fine in some games, and portable consoles like the Razer Kishi family and GameSir X2 are fine in some circumstances. However, games on your phone have a number of drawbacks, from notifications that interrupt your gameplay, draining your battery, or even touch controls that obscure UI elements. You’ve asked Microsoft to make a DIY device of their own, and this could be the next best thing.
Say hello to Logitech G Cloud, which offers manual custom streaming, available from just $349, starting in the US and Canada.
Logitech G Cloud: What is it?
The Logitech G Cloud is a portable gaming device all about cloud streaming, with hardware improvements specifically designed to improve video streaming from services like Xbox Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Steam Link. It does not support LTE to support 4G or 5G and is mainly designed for couch gaming at home over WiFi via cloud.
It has a Snapdragon 720 and 4 GB of RAM, which will not fit well with running mobile games like Genshin Impact or Diablo Immortal. However, with its own improvements, it should provide a great experience for cloud game streaming services, complete with ABXY Xbox-style controls, triggers, bumpers, and an analog joystick.
Logitech G Cloud has a portable gaming interface designed to match the streaming services you install and allows you to take screenshots and clips. In fact, this mobile device is basically an Android 11 tablet and it also has a complete set of Google Play services for downloading streaming services and apps. It has multi-touch support, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX for audio, and a Full HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio ideal for modern console and PC gaming.
Full technical specifications below.
Logitech G Cloud: Technical Specifications
|RAM||LPDDR4x 4 GB|
|storage||UFS 64 GB|
|Expandable microSD storage slot|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Octa-Core 2.3GHz Processor|
|Regulations||ABXY “Xbox style” face buttons|
|L & R control arms, fenders and actuators|
|Optional L & R buttons, “G” menu button, Android “Home” button|
|Haptic feedback, 3D gyroscope, optical sensor|
|Wireless connection||WiFi: 2×2 MIMO, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz|
|USB type||USB 3.1 USB-C x1.0|
|Show||7-inch IPS screen, multi-touch|
|Brightness 450 nits|
|1920 x 1080 FHD, 60Hz refresh rate|
|My voice||3.5mm stereo audio jack and stereo speakers|
|Stereo microphone, echo cancellation and noise cancellation|
|Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX codec support|
|USB-C headphone support|
|battery||6000mAh, up to 12 hours of cloud gaming (50% volume, 50% brightness)|
|Standby time up to 830 hours|
|Quick Charge 3.0, charge up to 2.5 hours|
|Dimensions and weight||257 mm x 117 mm x 33 mm|
|The operating system||Android 11 with Google Play and OTA updates|
|Portable mode||Logitech Game Launcher with Reapplicable Controls|
|Tablet mode||Android 11 Vanilla Tablet Experience|
|Pre-installed apps||Google Services, Xbox Game Pass, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Steam Link|
Logitech G Cloud: Release date, price and availability
The Logitech G Cloud will get a $349 RRP, but retailers are already listing it at $299 instead. It will be released in the United States and Canada on October 18, 2022.
In talks with Logitech, the company has suggested that the plan is for it to eventually go global, launching in locations where Xbox Cloud games and other streaming services are available.
Logitech G Cloud: Why it might be great
You might be wondering why the Logitech G Cloud is $349, considering that Steam Deck runs games locally and starts at $399. The main difference here is software support. Steam can offer its hardware at a lower price because it takes a portion of every piece of software sold through its massive storefront.
Logitech’s G Cloud is pure hardware, with Google getting all software sales through Google Play and NVIDIA and Xbox taking their subscriptions via a browser. It’s a vanilla Android tablet entirely designed for cloud streaming and cloud gaming, using Google’s vanilla Android platform.
While it might seem a bit pricey, costing more than the Xbox Series S itself, Logitech offers an open-ended alternative right out of the box. It does not provide any software services through the platform. However, it should provide a more natural experience for the growing number of streaming services.
Cloud gaming is great on mobile devices when necessary, but even the largest phone screens aren’t great at accommodating small fonts designed for TV screens and monitors. It looks like this device could provide a much more “portable” Xbox experience. You’ll have longer battery life for devices like Steam Deck without draining your main phone’s battery in the process.
It remains to be seen how well it performs in practice. The overhead from Google Play licensing etc. can make this device expensive for most people. But Logitech G Cloud can be a promising solution for those addicted to the latest cloud services from Microsoft, NVIDIA, and others, and proposing millions of Android touch-screen apps out of the box solves the deal a bit, at least for me.
We’ll tell you some final thoughts once we get our hands on one in the near future.
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