The streaming Logitech G Cloud handheld is a tough sell

The streaming Logitech G Cloud handheld is a tough sell

Logitech''s cloud gaming handheld will cost $350, with pre-orders coming in $50 less.

Logitech''s new built-for-cloud gaming handheld controller, the Logitech G Cloud, has been lifted ahead of its October 17 launch. It is a device for players who actively use Xbox Cloud Gaming or Nvidia GeForce Now (or even Steam Link), but many are still using this software at its best.

According to Logitech, the handheld Android device has a 7-inch 1080p touchscreen, a supposed 12-hour battery life, and haptics, gyroscope, and remappable control. I''ll say, the design is impressive. The Logitech G Cloud measures 10.1 inches by 4.61 inches, and weighs 463 grams, which would be split between the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck.

What exactly is the processor? It''s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, an octa-core processor that has surpassed the 2.3GHz range. Per The Verge has a 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and a 64GB UFS storage.

Here''s what''s going to be tricky: At its launch in October, the Logitech G Cloud will cost a hard-to-justify $350, but for those who pre-order, the handheld system will cost $300.

The iPhone is going to be much too restrictive unless, of course, you are down to play games over Wi-Fi right now. I might see more of us coming here collectively, eventually, but even with some positive Xbox Cloud Gaming experiences, this feels too early to me. Especially compared to the Steam Deck (and future iterations).

Game Pass is doing the heavy lifting

According to Xbox Cloud Gaming''s Catherine Gluckstein, the company has worked with Logitech to enable our Remote Play feature, which is also served as a shortcut to the home screen. Remote Play benefits from Xbox Cloud Gaming by allowing you to stream your entire Xbox library from your personal Xbox console to phones, tablets, and now handhelds.

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, said that he is using the Logitech G Cloud for about a month, and described it as an incredible streaming device for playing while im away from my console. I love the feel, the battery life, and the screen size. Took it to Europe and TGS with me and enjoyed spending a great day playing, even on hotel WiFi.

Despite that, Xbox cloud support is only becoming simpler.

Even in good situations, mileage may vary significantly for cloud gaming. Is it absolutely necessary to purchase a streaming handheld, or might you consider a use for it in your life? I think most of us will agree that the price is expensive.

It''s not a one-to-one comparison, but I''d argue that using a newer phone with a mobile controller (or a gamepad attachment) will re-establish the job for a lot of people.

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