Logitech G Cloud Would like to Be Your Steam Deck, but for Cloud Gaming Solutions

Logitech’s new G Cloud Gaming Handheld, a form of Nintendo SwitchSteam Deck-like console developed with Microsoft and Nvidia, introduced with little fanfare, likely from partnership announcement to preorder on Wednesday. The unit is specially meant for enjoying from cloud-centered gaming providers, notably (and unsurprisingly) Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now, as properly as utilizing regional recreation-slingers like Xbox Distant Engage in and Steam Connection. And Google Stadia life in Logitech’s FAQ, but nowhere else, which also suggests you can engage in on Amazon Luna by means of Chrome.

Amazon lists it as readily available on Oct. 18 — Logitech just suggests Oct — and while it will usually be priced at $350, you can preorder it at a sale value of $300. Subscriptions to the cloud services are not incorporated.

The screen’s rather primary: a 1080p, 7-inch IPS exhibit with a 60Hz refresh level and 450 nits brightness. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G with 4GB memory — Android inside. It has stereo speakers with an amp, a stereo sounds-canceling mic and the two 3.5mm and USB-C audio output (no movie), as nicely as Bluetooth 5.1. You can join by way of Wi-Fi 5 only — no cell assist, which is disappointing. 

Designed-in storage is 64GB, but it’s not crystal clear what can get set up or saved domestically it does have a slot for a microSD/TF card. It also professes “linear haptics” for the controls, but it is not crystal clear what that indicates. The enterprise guarantees up to 12-and-a-50 % hours of perform time. It weighs about a pound (463 grams), and its dimensions lie someplace amongst the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch.

I’ve obtained blended thoughts about this. Attaching any type of controller to a cell phone is even now a bit of a stress, and even massive-display telephones sense a tiny little mainly because they’re lengthy and slender alternatively than 16:9. But at its price it competes with the Swap for your cash even although they are pretty different products. And it really is specced for minimum-prevalent-denominator cloud gaming, not anything like GeForce Now’s RTX 3080 substantial-refresh 1440p. Plus, we have gotten utilised to OLED screens on several devices. Nor is there any mention of a charging dock.

This will just take some imagined. And tons of fingers-on testing.