Logitech this morning has officially announced its G Cloud handheld, a gaming device designed specifically for cloud gaming. The Logitech G Cloud handheld aims to usher in a new era of cloud gaming centered on a pick up and play (almost) anywhere mentality, featuring a 7-inch IPS multi-touch display, an Xbox-style button design, and most importantly, battery life that can probably outlast a single gaming session. It also comes pre-installed with Xbox Game Pass and GeForce NOW.
But you can also use it for things like Steam Link and streaming local games from your Xbox with the Xbox app. And since it runs on Android 11, you can download apps like Stadia and play those too.
While more recent portable gaming machines like the Steam Deck focused on localized play, the G Cloud is all about access to games through streaming. This presents a number of benefits to portable gaming like a reduction in weight and cooler temperatures. Which should make it super easy to play for extended periods of time without discomfort.
In fact the G Cloud only weighs 463g. Compare that to the Steam Deck which weighs 669g. That’s a big difference when it comes to holding the device for hours on end. Especially if you like to play games in bed or while laying down on the couch. Of course, the G Cloud has a lot more to offer than a svelte form factor.
The Logitech G Cloud handheld offers up to 12+ hours of battery life
When it comes to portable gaming, battery life can be just as important as other major specifications. Devices like the Steam Deck can last as little as a couple of hours depending on your chosen game and graphics settings. You could switch things up and play games in the cloud using an Android device and compatible controller like the Razer Kishi V2. Playing games this way, you might get up to 5 or 6 hours of battery life. But quite possibly less if your phone has a small battery and display brightness is turned all the way up.
With the G Cloud handheld, you get up to 12+ hours of battery life on a single charge. Which pretty much ensures that you will never have to worry about it dying on you mid-session. Unless you forget to plug it in when needed.
Specs, pricing, and availability
If you’re neck deep in the cloud gaming space and are looking for a device specifically built to provide that kind of entertainment, this is beyond capable. In addition to the 7-inch FHD IPS display (which has a 450 nit peak brightness and a 60Hz refresh rate), the G Cloud also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of UFS storage.
It also features haptic feedback, a 3D gyroscope, light sensors, a USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, a stereo mic with echo cancelling and noise suppression, a 6,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0, and expandable storage via microSD card. It also supports WiFi and Bluetooth 5.1, but it does not support LTE. Which means you’re limited to playing wherever there’s a WiFi connection only.
As for pricing and availability, Logitech G will begin selling the G Cloud handheld in North America in October for $349.99. The company is also offering a special pre-order price of $299 for a short period. You’ll be able to buy it directly from Logitech as well as from Amazon and Best Buy.