Microsoft today revealed a new handheld Xbox gaming solution, the Logitech G CLOUD. The Logitech G CLOUD is essentially a handheld video game console that’s designed specifically for running titles via Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service.
This means that instead of downloading and installing games locally on the device’s hardware like the Nintendo Switch and other handheld devices, the Logitech G CLOUD will stream compatible games from the Xbox Game Pass library and thus will need to be connected to a reliable Wi-Fi internet connection when in use.
“Handhelds are a natural next step in our cloud gaming evolution,” Microsoft’s vice president of Xbox Cloud Gaming, Catherine Gluckstein, said in a blog post. “And it’s great to see a world-class hardware leader like Logitech optimize Xbox Cloud Gaming for their new device. You can jump right in with ease, anywhere you are, and take advantage of the 16:9 full-screen display. With extended battery life, built-in Wi-Fi, and ergonomic controls, the Logitech G CLOUD will allow you to progress through campaigns or get online for a multiplayer session where it’s most convenient to you.”
The Logitech G CLOUD has a recommended retail price of $349.99 but it’s currently up for pre-order ahead of its October 18th release date for $299.99.
The device honestly won’t offer that different of an experience from playing a game via Xbox Cloud Gaming on a smartphone with a controller accessory attached though it definitely could appeal to those that want to access their smartphone while playing a gaming, don’t want app notifications popping up on their screen, and find attaching controller clip-ons frustrating or irritating.
Of course, G CLOUD could also find a market in those that don’t have a smartphone like younger gamers.
For comparison, the Razer Kishi smartphone attachment costs just $99.99.
Note that playing titles via Xbox Cloud Gaming on any device does require an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. GeForce Now is also supported on G CLOUD.