The $349.99 G Cloud Gaming Handheld from Logitech will be available in October.
After a teaser and a leak last month, Logitech today made its G Cloud Gaming Handheld official announcement. The $349.99 Android-powered handheld with access to the Google Play Store, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service will be available in North America starting on October 17. Even though you’ll be able to play Android mobile games, the handheld was designed with cloud gaming in mind and has a battery life of 12 hours or more.
The seven-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen on the Cloud Gaming Handheld offers a 60Hz refresh rate, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 1080p resolution. The white handheld has a D-pad, Y, B, A, and X buttons in addition to two offset analog thumbsticks. Additionally, there are four buttons at the front: a context menu button, Logitech G, home, and menu.
Similar to the jewel on an Xbox controller, the Logitech G button launches a submenu that lets you stop or end games. Simply pressing the home button will return you to the Logitech launcher. Like the majority of contemporary controllers, there are also two bumper buttons and two trigger buttons. The portable device from Logitech also has haptics, a gyroscope, and remappable controls.
Inside, Logitech is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, which has a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz. 64GB of UFS storage and 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM are available. The gadget can be charged using a single USB-C 3.1 connector, and the 6,000mAh battery should be fully charged in around 2.5 hours. Additionally, Logitech has given a microSD card for expansion, but because neither 5G nor SIM cards are supported, you’ll always need to be close to Wi-Fi if you want to play cloud games.
To include Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service into the handheld, Logitech collaborated with Microsoft and Nvidia. The Xbox Cloud Gaming app is merely a simple Progressive Web App (PWA), so there isn’t really a deep integration with the device, but the Switch-like UI will let you activate each service. Additionally, you cannot add particular cloud games to the homescreen because of this.
The device’s lightweight design and guarantee of a battery life of more than 12 hours are what really appeal to users. The Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck are both wider than the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld, which weighs only 463 grams (1 pound). In comparison to the Steam Deck (669 grams/1.47 pounds), it is slightly heavier than the Switch (322 grams/ 0.71 pounds).
In order to construct the Android launcher, Logitech collaborated with Tencent on this portable and benefited from its software development know-how. If you wish to utilize this launcher outside of gaming, Logitech offers a portable mode with its game launcher and a traditional Android tablet launcher mode. Along with Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and Valve’s Steam Link, preloaded apps include Chrome, YouTube, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.
Although this portable can play select Android games thanks to the Android compatibility, Logitech is promoting it for cloud gaming. Since mobile gamers often want to access their games when traveling by bus, train, or airplane where internet connectivity is spotty, that represents a new market for portable consoles. The Logitech G handheld requires continual proximity to a Wi-Fi signal, which could lessen its attractiveness.
By restricting the release of the G Cloud Gaming Handheld to the US and Canada in October, Logitech seems to be testing the market. There is a limited $299.99 presale deal available before the retail price of $349.99 to attract early adopters. Given that this gadget is primarily a cloud gaming platform and is priced between the Steam Deck ($399) and the Nintendo Switch ($299.99), it could be difficult to sell.
On October 17, Amazon, Best Buy, and Logitech’s website will all carry the G Cloud Gaming Handheld.