Logitech enters the highly competitive handheld gaming console market. The G Cloud is said to offer several advantages, including a particularly long battery life of twelve hours, a Snapdragon chip optimized for gaming, and a new user interface.
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld has finally been officially launched after a leak revealed most of the specs back in August. This device is in the format of the Nintendo Switch (approx. $295 on Amazon), which weighs 463 grams and is significantly lighter than a Steam Deck, for example.
The handheld gaming console relies on a 7-inch 1,080p IPS panel in 16:9 format and Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, which has two ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores with clock frequencies of up to 2.3 GHz and six Cortex-A55 Efficiency cores at 1.8 GHz and an Adreno 618 GPU. The chip is already known for two-year-old mid-range smartphones like the Realme 6 Pro. Logitech also uses 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of flash memory, which can be expanded with a microSD memory card. The 6,000 mAh battery is charged via USB-C.
A special feature is that the handheld is said to have a running time of twelve hours even when gaming. While the Logitech G Cloud can load games from the Google Play Store, the focus is on streaming titles from the Internet via Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now. So it’s all the more disappointing that these services haven’t been deeply integrated into the operating system – the Xbox app, for example, is just a link to the web version, so individual titles can’t be added to the home screen. In the absence of a modem, streaming only works as long as a WLAN network is available.
Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld price and release date
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld is available to pre-order on the Amazon.com store at $299.99, $50 OFF on the early birds offer. It will be released on October 18, 2022.