TECH NEWS – Xbox and Logitech have announced a partnership to develop a cloud-based handheld gaming device called G Cloud, which will be released in October and is available for pre-order now.
Xbox has announced that Logitech’s handheld device, called G Cloud, will be optimised for Xbox Cloud Gaming and will be available next month. The Logitech handheld surfaced on the web less than a month ago due to an unexpected leak, and now it appears that the images were accurate. The system features classic ABXY buttons, a D-Pad, and a seven-inch screen. The handheld is currently available for pre-order in the Microsoft Store.
The design of the Logitech G Cloud is reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch Lite, especially when considering its dimensions, buttons, and screen bezel.
However, that’s where the similarities seem to end. The Logitech G Cloud can be considered part of the Xbox family, as it is optimised for Xbox Cloud Gaming, and gamers have access to the entire cloud library from the moment they switch on the device.
However, the system doesn’t just boast Xbox games. The G Cloud will also include NVIDIA GeForce NOW, giving gamers even more titles to enjoy. However, the device is not cheap. The starting price will be $349.99, and it’s currently available for pre-order for $299.99. It features a seven-inch, 1080p resolution screen and supports twelve hours of gaming on a single charge. These features should be great for gamers who want a premium Xbox experience on the go.
G Cloud is a collaboration between Logitech and Tencent Games, a Chinese company developing games and gaming hardware for years. The resulting system is clearly designed with gamers in mind. Xbox said that the device would support Xbox Remote Play in addition to cloud gaming. This means that gamers can stream content directly from their console to the device, allowing them to play any title available on Xbox.
G Cloud will also allow players to play Fortnite online without an Xbox Live subscription.
Indeed, the device looks like an easy entry into the Xbox ecosystem. For gamers who don’t want to spend money on a console, G Cloud and Game Pass Ultimate might give them everything they need. However, the price of the system is something to think about. For those who have already spent hundreds of dollars on a new console, a $300 handheld console might not be worth the purchase. While it’s great to see Xbox working to make Cloud Gaming more viable, this solution will likely only be useful to a select group of gamers.