Logitech’s world’s first portable device is all about cloud gaming

The recently announced Logitech G Cloud aims to combine the recent growth of both gaming handhelds and cloud gaming services. Created in collaboration with Logitech and Chinese publisher giant Tencent , the new portable has a similar physical factor to that of the Steam Deck , but is focused only on streaming games rather than running them on the device.

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According to a Logitech press release , the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld this morning. The Logitech G has a similar physical form to the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck, thanks to a 1080p HD screen, built-in controllers, and a 12-hour battery. And while these platforms can natively download and play games, the Logitech G was designed to support a variety of game streaming services, especially games available through Xbox Game Pass .

The PDA’s internals include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor , 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage via microSD . The processor may be several generations old, but given the modest demand for cloud gaming on the device, we hope it still performs well. G Cloud only supports WiFi 5 for wireless. WiFi 6 support would be excellent considering critical latency and internet bandwidth for cloud gaming.

Logitech’s G Cloud runs Android 11 with the Google Play Store already set up for certain offline games. Logitech has optimized this device’s Android operating system to look sleek and provide quick access to your preferred cloud gaming provider.

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Logitech G Cloud is an intriguing first step towards cloud gaming when it comes to portable gaming devices. While devices like the Steam Deck support wireless gaming, gamers may want a cloud-centric device. However, G Cloud is expensive at $349 . The pre-order price for Logitech’s gaming laptop is $299, which is a bit cheaper if you’re willing to wait.

While it would be hard to justify at this price point, we’re nonetheless interested in seeing how it performs as a standalone cloud device.

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