they Groove were real! Logitech is jumping into handheld game console territory, and is cloud gaming the primary platform? The company has announcedLogitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld“The Steam Deck/Nintendo Switch-style portable that runs Android, has a full suite of controller buttons, and is meant to carry your cloud gaming collection on the go.
The device is powered by the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G – that is, two Cortex A76 CPUs, four A55 CPUs and an Adreno 618 GPU all built on an 8nm process. It’s a mid-range chip that’s pretty close to what you get Pixel 5a, This is good enough for some local games, but they will be local Android games, and they are not the focus of this device. In addition to the “cloud” in the name, Logitech says that the handheld “takes the vast library of AAA titles and advanced graphics from the cloud and puts it in your hands. This allows you to play a ridiculous amount of games from Xbox, Nvidia GeForce Now, and more. , and even Steam Link.” (Logitech consistently denounces Stadia and Luna in its promotional materials, but they will likely work as well.)
detail page It also includes a 7-inch, 60 Hz, 1920×1080 LCD, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD slot. There’s a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers and Wi-Fi 5 (aka 802.11ac) support for 18W charging. As for buttons, you get a pretty standard layout of the D-pad, two joysticks, ABXY face buttons, four shoulder buttons (two analog) and then four system buttons for things like “Home” and “Menu.” Logitech’s general question It goes out of its way to say that video out isn’t supported, so there’s no Switch-style TV hookup.
Unlike the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, Logitech’s Portable has no fan. That means it really won’t do much better to locally crunch its own game graphics than its competition. The upside is that you’re getting more tablet-like battery life: Logitech claims up to 12 hours of game streaming from a 6000mAh battery.
There is no good answer regarding internet access for portable cloud gaming devices. Logitech’s Qualcomm chip deal opens up the possibility of cellular connectivity with LTE or 5G via a Qualcomm modem, but no cellular option for Logitech’s handheld. Cellular will make the device even more expensive, with both upfront and monthly cellular bills, but that doesn’t mean that out of the box, your “portable” cloud gaming device will only work if you get a friendly, high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity. Can-Fi Hotspot. You could never use that thing during a road trip, at least not without pairing it with another device, and even then, cellular game streaming would be tough. It sounds like you’re going to be constantly internet hungry.
Logitech’s Cloud Handheld is $350, (but is now on sale for a starting price of $300), which is as tough a sell as it is Nintendo Switch money. A Steam deck is $50 more. How much do you love AAA Xbox/PC games and are constantly faced with internet questions when a completely local handheld can be had for the same amount?
Somehow the device is only shipping with Android 11, which at two years old, is probably closer to the age limit that Google is willing to license to third parties. The system comes with Google Play, so you will have easy access to all your favorite games, emulators and streaming services. The press release said Logitech’s handheld was developed “in partnership with Tencent Games” with two companies shake hands “To combine Logitech G’s expertise in hardware with Tencent Games’ expertise in software services.” Tencent is a Chinese tech juggernaut and the largest gaming company in the world thanks to a 40 percent stake in growth houses like Riot Games and Epic Games. Tencent also has a ton of Android app experience, while Logitech has none. I wonder if there is any Tencent software baked into the operating system?
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