Logitech’s little portable console now has a name: G Cloud. So far evoked in the form of leaks and rumors, the project has indeed been confirmed by the accessory maker Logitech, which will therefore produce the machine in partnership with the Chinese giant Tencent.
A 100% Cloud Gaming console
The information shared so far is confirmed and clarified: it will thus be indeed a nomadic console designed to play in the Cloud. It will therefore require an Internet connection in WiFi to be able to access the services of Cloud Gaming.
The console will get a screen whose size has not been specified, but which will offer 1080p definition in 60Hz and in the format 16:9. It will have an estimated autonomy of 12 hours, will support WiFi 802.11ac and will only weigh 463 grams.
As for design, we’re going for the classic with a large central screen andNintendo Switch style controls based on buttons and joysticks on the sides, all backed up by several triggers on top.
The G Cloud operates on Android and will ship Xbox Game Pass, Steam Link, Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Console Streaming by default. For other Cloud Gaming services, it will be enough to install dedicated apps from the Google Play Store.
Internally, the machine is equipped with a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, but no SIM port: therefore impossible to enjoy a connection 4G/5G, it will be necessary to be limited to WiFi and this changes the whole deal: the device will thus not be so much nomadic, but more reserved for a domestic use.
Launches October 17 at $349
Logitech cites a desire to offer an accessible platform that requires making concessions on some features. The announced price is $299 for pre-order, then $349, with the launch scheduled in the US on October 17. No information regarding France has been released.
The announcement comes as a bit of a disappointment for gamers. The lack of 4G / 5G connection greatly limits the interest of the console. Nevertheless, it will be possible to enjoy a shared connection with his smartphone, which will also save on the battery of the console.
In addition, the price still seems quite high. The G Cloud is positioned against the Nintendo Switch which offers local gaming and is really meant to be nomadic. It should also suffer from the comparison withentry or mid-range smartphones that can offer similar performance in gaming, and go beyond in features…
The G Cloud could present itself as an alternative for younger people who don’t have a console at home or an always-on screen. Its success could also present itself as an indicator of the maturity of the video game market to shift more broadly into Cloud Gaming.