The Logitech G Cloud is a new portable streaming console that feels a little too advanced for our era of bad public Wi-Fi.
Now fully announced after being leaked last month, the Logitech G Cloud is an Android-powered handheld device that comes with Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now pre-installed. Launching exclusively in North America on October 17th for $349.99 – about £308 / AU$527 – it will let you play top AAA games over the cloud while on the go.
The console features a seven-inch 1080p touchscreen that supports a 60Hz refresh rate, over 12 hours of battery life, plus haptics, a gyroscope and remappable controls. However, it doesn’t support 5G natively, nor does it include a SIM card slot, so you’ll need to rely on Wi-Fi to stream anything to the console.
With the Google Play Store pre-installed, you will also be able to run some of the best Android games. It also supports Xbox Remote Play and Steam Link, allowing you to stream your entire Xbox and Steam libraries – including games not on Xbox Game Pass – directly to your console.
a little too soon
Logitech Gaming President of Video Ujesh Desai is excited at the prospect, saying (opens in new tab) “Cloud gaming is a super exciting new way to play. I love that you can access game libraries from anywhere.
“What we wanted to do was challenge ourselves to build a device perfectly optimized for cloud gaming. That meant precision controls – similar to a high-end Xbox controller – a big HD screen, incredible battery life and lightweight design so gamers could enjoy long gaming sessions without any compromises. ”
But the Logitech G Cloud’s core selling point is seriously hampered by the current state of Wi-Fi accessibility. As a cloud game console, you will need to be within range of a strong and stable internet connection to play any game on the device. Unfortunately, the places you’ll likely want to take a handheld game console — trains, airports, cars, and other public places — often lack reliable Wi-Fi. Bring the Logitech G to your local park for outdoor play, and you’ll likely find it has turned into a molded piece of plastic.
In a decade when super-fast public Wi-Fi is the norm, the handheld may present one of the simplest and most affordable ways to play top AAA games anywhere you want. For now, with the state of public Wi-Fi, its use case is pretty limited. You’ll likely end up using it at home, somewhat diminishing its purpose as a truly portable handheld console.
The cost of the Logitech G Cloud will also raise some eyebrows. At the same price as the Nintendo Switch OLED and just $50 below the cost of Valve’s Steam Deck, many will wonder why they would bother using the exclusive streaming console. Add to that the subscription fees you’d have to shell out for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Nvidia GeForce Now, and the price of Logitech’s new kit looks even less attractive.
To entice the curious, pre-orders for the Logitech G Cloud are open for $299.99, taking $50 off the total retail price. He didn’t say if the Logitech G Cloud will come to other markets outside of North America, but we expect it to launch in Europe and other regions in the future.