Logitech has just officially unveiled the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled, a new portable console that looks like a Nintendo Switch. This machine is provided for the use of cloud gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce Now, which are also pre-installed on the device.
On the occasion of its Logi Play conference, the Swiss manufacturer Logitech presented a completely new console: Logitech G Cloud Gaming Undercover. Although the machine shares similarities in terms of design with the Nintendo Switch or Valve’s Steam Deck, G Cloud stands out in one main thing: it is dedicated to gaming through the cloud through the main services of the market such as Xbox Cloud Gaming, GeForce Now or even Steam Link .
Besides, these three services are installed directly on the console and according to Logitech, the manufacturer has collaborated with various publishers of these platforms to ensure better integration of console commands.
Logitech promises a complete overhaul of cloud gaming services
This was also announced with great fanfare by Microsoft through an official press release published this Wednesday, September 21.Handhelds are a natural step in the evolution of online gaming, and it’s great to see a leader. the world of hardware like Logitech to improve Xbox Cloud Gaming with its new device “, we can read in the text of the Redmond company.
Indeed, once your Logitech G Cloud is up and running, it will be possible to directly access the Xbox Cloud Gaming service to enjoy hundreds of compatible titles from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalog. Microsoft also notes that the remote game function, Remote Play, also available on G Cloud. In other words, you’ll be able to stream all your Xbox games in digital format directly to the Logitech machine.
Logitech G Cloud: an adequate technical sheet for online gaming
But now let’s go to the technical part of G Cloud. First of all, the console mounts the processor Snapdragon 720G with an October-based CPU clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. This SoC, which may seem small for local playback, is more than enough for the low-end video editing required by cloud playback. The chip comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage spaceexpandable via microSD card.
Of course, remember that the console does not have a fan, so it should be particularly quiet. By extension, the chassis is thin and light, as evidenced by its featherweight: 465 gramsalmost like the OLED Switch.
In terms of screen, we can rely on a 7″ IPS LCD Panel in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and refresh rate 60 Hz only. Too bad for RTX 3080 GeForce Now subscribers, who won’t be able to take advantage. 120 images per second allowed by their subscription.
In terms of audio, the G Cloud includes two stereo speakers, a microphone with ambient noise cancellation, 3.5 mm jack portand it helps Bluetooth 5.1 using aptXTM to keep latency to a minimum with wireless headphones and earphones.
Online gaming console… without 4G/5G
In the connection area, it is here that the shoe hits. Surprisingly for a console dedicated to cloud gaming, G Cloud does not offer 4G or 5G connectivity, but only ac 802.11 WiFi connection (with 2×2 MIMO). In other words, The console is intended for home use only. To compensate for this major problem, you should know that the G Cloud has a large battery 6000mAhwhich according to the manufacturer provides 12 hours of battery life.
For now, Logitech prefers to opt for smaller, smaller launches. In fact, the console is only available in the US and Canada for an introductory price of $299.99, before moving to a final price of $349.99. We suspect that the Swiss brand wants to wait to see how the G Cloud is received in these regions before considering a large-scale launch in 2023. In other words and in the event of a commercial failure, it is highly likely that the G Cloud will never arrive in France.