The Logitech G Cloud is effective but only fills a small market. The Logitech G Cloud could be the first system made specifically for cloud gaming. It’s an intriguing concept that was unthinkable just a few years ago. But now that programs like Xbox Game Pass and Nvidia GeForce Now are starting to take off, the idea of a mobile device that delegated the heavy duty to cloud servers is a real possibility. On that front, the Logitech G Cloud appears to perform admirably; the real question is whether anyone will require it.
At a Logitech press event, I had the opportunity to use the G Cloud and was thrilled with how it performed. However, I found it difficult to justify having one and even harder to justify purchasing one, primarily because the more adaptable Nintendo Switch and Valve Steam Deck serve the same purpose and fall within the same price range.
Logitech G Cloud Hands-on: Price And Release Date
Later this month, the Logitech G Cloud will begin shipping via the company’s website. It will cost $300 if you order it by October 17; else, it will cost $350.
A low-end Steam Deck costs $400, whereas the entry-level Nintendo Switch costs $300. The G Cloud is priced precisely halfway between those two smartphones, but it appears to provide a far smaller feature set.
Logitech G Cloud Hands-On: Design
The Switch and Steam Deck are two systems that the Logitech G Cloud resembles a lot, despite having slightly different uses. The device’s dominant feature is a seven-inch, 1080p, 60Hz touchscreen housed inside a white plastic shell. An analog stick, a D-pad, an options button, and a programmable Logitech G button are all on the left side. The face buttons, a second options button, the home button, and a third analog stick are all on the right.
A USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm audio connector are located on the G Cloud’s bottom. Two sets of bumpers and triggers are located on the top, along with a power switch, a volume rocker, and other controls similar to those on a console controller.
The G Cloud’s design may not be the most imaginative, but it is at least practical and easy to carry. Although it’s not nearly as light as the 14-ounce Switch, the 16-ounce device is nonetheless comfortable to hold for extended periods, thanks to the ergonomic grips on the rear that helped it fit into my hands.
Logitech G Cloud Hands-On: Features
The Logitech G Cloud’s operation is arguably the most peculiar aspect of the gadget. The G Cloud is a 7-inch Android tablet with a permanently attached game controller. As a result, even though downloading Android games isn’t the device’s primary function, you may browse the Google Play Store. Instead of streaming their preferred console/PC games, Logitech wants players to download cloud gaming services like Xbox Game Pass and GeForce Now.
I fired up Xbox Game Pass and completed the first Assassin’s Creed Origins level to test this feature. The G Cloud performed admirably because we used a congested press event Wi-Fi network. As I led Bayek through a shadowy tomb, I had no slowness or screen tearing. I was especially impressed that using my torch didn’t result in any artifacts in the screen’s darker areas.
I also observed a representative play a small amount of Fortnite using GeForce Now, which appeared to function similarly. I couldn’t spend much time using the G Cloud because the demo took place during a busy event, but I have to assume it would function just as well on any good Wi-Fi network.
The device’s dependence on Wi-Fi networks is the problem, therefore. 5G cloud gaming is not compatible with controller mounts on smartphones. You cannot download portable console-quality games like you can with a Switch or a Steam Deck. As a result, the G Cloud is effectively just a big screen for playing Android games while you’re on the go—and just offline Android games, to boot.
According to a spokesman from Logitech, the G Cloud might be a valuable tool for parents who wish to play games occasionally while their kids watch TV. Gamers might also want to bring the G Cloud to bed so they can play a little longer before night. Although both possibilities are plausible, I do not think the G Cloud inevitably controls the market for either. The same technique could be done with a Switch, Steam Deck, or smartphone with a controller mount.
In other words, playing your favorite games without a TV screen may be possible with the G Cloud. However, it’s not the only option, and I had a hard time seeing a scenario in which it would be the most excellent choice, especially given that it costs roughly the same as its primary rivals.
Logitech G Cloud hands-On: Battery Life
Because all of the processing power for demanding games is handled by a distant server, Logitech claims that the G Cloud may survive for more than 12 hours on a single charge. However, Tom’s Guide could not test the battery life at the press event, so we cannot determine whether this estimate is accurate.
Logitech G Cloud hands-On: Outlook
The Logitech G Cloud, if nothing else, is a bold statement about cloud gaming. It is entirely possible to introduce a gaming system in 2022 that, in essence, is incapable of running any games of console caliber. The G Cloud is proof that cloud gaming is almost ready to take the place of console and PC gaming, even though it isn’t quite there yet.
I wonder if this will limit the G Cloud’s appeal because, while it appears to function well, it doesn’t seem to work any better than a Switch, Steam Deck, or smartphone. With cloud gaming, you can already stream any game you want to older game consoles, smart TVs, non-gaming PCs, and mobile devices. How many players need one extra screen when so many are available?
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld appears to be a fantastic piece of equipment. It has a beautiful design, is simple to use, has a long battery life, and is reasonably priced. If you’re a fan of cloud gaming, this should be a good investment, but we’d like to use it more frequently in the real world to see how it performs there.
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