Logitech is entering the handheld gaming market with a cloud-based device. Very catchily named the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld, the device has a heavy focus on game streaming, although it can also run Android apps locally. The handheld console had input from Microsoft for Xbox Cloud Gaming compatibility, NVIDIA to integrate GeForce Now, and Tencent on the software.
The focus on streaming cloud-based games is an interesting concept for a handheld, but it will rely on Wi-Fi connectivity. Handheld devices are popular for their portability, so a portable device that’s best used at home near a solid Wi-Fi signal may restrict the audience for the device. Further still, the Wi-Fi connection of the home must be fast enough to run without gameplay-breaking lag.
For those that do have solid wireless connection, the handheld holds approximately 12 hours of battery life for uninterrupted gaming. The focus on cloud streaming puts a lot less strain on the hardware, and so allows the battery to last a lot longer. The Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld also comes with a seven-inch 1080p touchscreen, with a 60Hz refresh rate display. The form factor is similar to the Nintendo Switch, with two asymmetrical analog sticks on each side, a D-pad, the usual A, B, X, Y buttons and more.
For added flair, the handheld also has a gyroscope and haptic feedback for immersive gaming. Despite visual similarities to the Switch, the device is positioning itself into a separate market more akin to the Steam Deck. It doesn’t have any slots to play a physical game cartridge, but it will have microSD support for upgradable storage. It launches in October, and will sell for about $349. Those who pre-order will be treated to $50 off, for a total of $299.
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