I Want That, I Want That

The portable gaming device from Logitech, G CLOUD, is now official and here to take full advantage of all game titles currently living in the cloud. Designed specifically for streaming titles from services like GeForce NOW and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, this is a different approach to mobile gaming than something like the Steam Deck, a device that requires a lot of onboard power to run games properly. With G CLOUD, the cloud does all the work, so all you need is a stable internet connection.

As for specs, G CLOUD isn’t going to blow away even low-to-mid range devices. It wasn’t designed for that. Instead, it has very modest specs, including a 7-inch IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) display with a 60Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 720G processor, 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi (2 × 2 MIMO , 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz support), 6,000mAh battery, and Android 11. It’s not what we’d call an impressive spec sheet for something designed for gaming, but at the end of the day Logitech has priced it very competitively and there aren’t many devices like this on the market.

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Along with Android 11, users have access to Google Play to download any app or game, which comes in handy when you don’t have a WiFi connection. In addition, Logitech has included a tablet mode that allows you to use the device like any other Android tablet. That at least adds a little more functionality for your $349.

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On the hardware side, Logitech has integrated all the buttons you need to play your favorite games. There’s a D-Pad, A, B, X, and Y buttons, left and right analog joysticks, bumpers, analog triggers and option buttons, and an SD card slot. Someone will be happy about that, I’m sure. To control these buttons, Logitech has also integrated remapping software into the device.

It’s a pretty cute looking device and I see it as a somewhat mature NVIDIA SHIELD Portable. For me, it comes down to the specs, but at the same time, I realize that Logitech wanted to hit a price point. $349 seems like a great price and ultimately I hope it’s a successful device and Logitech’s successor offers better specs – 90Hz+ display, more RAM, better processor, etc.

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If this device sounds cool to you, you can pre-order it for just $50 $299. That makes this thing even more attractive in my opinion. General availability begins in October and is expected to be offered by retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.


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