G Cloud: Logitech launches its portable Android console dedicated to cloud gaming

Logitech has officially unveiled its Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled, a portable console similar to the Switch, but highlighting cloud gaming services.

While Logitech is currently organizing its Logi Play event, intended to highlight its new range of gaming products, the Swiss manufacturer took the opportunity to lift the veil on its portable console intended for cloud gaming, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled.

Initially teased by the manufacturer at the beginning of August – before being the subject of a leak a few weeks ago – this console is in fact designed for the use of cloud gaming subscription services like GeForce Now, Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming (both preinstalled on the console), Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna. It was developed in partnership with the Chinese giant Tencent.

Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled

As you might expect, the G Cloud Gaming Handled is actually a portable console whose design is reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch, without the detachable controllers, or Valve’s Steam Deck.

It features a Full HD LCD screen with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and an aspect ratio of 16:9. As for the configuration of the keys and the sticks, we are entitled to an asymmetrical positioning with, on the left, a stick at the top and a multidirectional cross at the bottom and, on the right, four keys A, B, X and Y in up and a stick down. On the back, four triggers are present to support most of the keys offered by the games available on cloud gaming services.

A portable console based on the cloud… but without 4G

Under the hood, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled features a mid-range Snapdragon 720G chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage via microSD slot. It must be said that the use of the console, essentially oriented towards cloud gaming, does not require a monster of power since the games will be processed in the data centers of the various suppliers. Note, however, that in addition to cloud services, the Logitech console will also provide access to the Google Play Store catalog, since it embeds Android. We can therefore also find Google applications such as YouTube or Chrome.

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Unfortunately, for cloud gaming, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled will essentially be reserved for home use. It must be said that the console is only compatible with Wi-Fi and has no SIM card slot.

The battery has a capacity of 6000 mAh and can be recharged using the SB-C 3.1 socket. Note also that the console displays a rather substantial weight of 463 grams, higher than that of the Nintendo Switch.

Unfortunately, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handled is currently only launched across the Atlantic, in the United States and Canada, where it will be offered at a price of 349.99 euros from October 17. For the time being, no availability has been announced in France.

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