Hands-on with Logitech’s new G Cloud Gaming Handheld

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Yesterday, Logitech introduced its $349.99 G Cloud Gaming Handheld, which is popping out within the US on October seventeenth (till then, it’s $50 off to preorder). As we speak, I received to briefly try it out. It was only a 10-minute demo, however it was lengthy sufficient for me to snap a number of images, launch some apps, and see the way it felt in my fingers. We’ll have a full evaluate within the coming weeks.

As I arrived on the testing station, Deathloop (freshly obtainable on Xbox Sport Cross) was streaming through Wi-Fi to the hand-held’s Xbox Cloud Gaming app. Sadly, it was the action-less intro sequence, however I nonetheless received to dash and soar round. Although it wasn’t a enjoyable killer, like all of my experiences with cloud sport streaming, there was only a whiff of enter lag that, no less than for me, is tough to disregard. On the plus aspect, the G Cloud’s buttons, triggers, and analog stick structure really feel good. As for visible constancy, it’s robust to know the way a lot might be blamed on a congested Wi-Fi community, however the sport’s darkish environments seemed a little bit fuzzy on its seven-inch 1080p IPS panel.

Holding Logitech’s G Cloud Gaming Handheld in one hand. It’s displaying the game Fortnite, wherein a character is staring off a cliff into the horizon.

The cloud model of Fortnite felt fairly good to play on the hand-held, even with a touch of enter latency.
Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

That wasn’t the case after I switched to Fortnite through the Nvidia GeForce Now app. Exiting Xbox Sport Cross and booting into a brand new app was satisfactorily speedy. My preliminary impression is that in case your baseline expectations for pace in a handheld encompass simply the Nintendo Change, I feel you’ll most likely be impressed with how responsive the efficiency and interface navigation really feel — maybe not a lot should you’re coming from a Steam Deck. At its greatest, Fortnite on the G Cloud Gaming Handheld seems higher and runs smoother than it does on the Change (not a really excessive bar, I do know), although that relies upon completely on the capabilities of your Wi-Fi community. After all, since that is an Android-based handheld, it’s most likely doable to get precise Fortnite loaded onto this factor and never fear about the entire cloud facet. Although, I’m unsure how effectively it’d run with its Snapdragon 720G and 4GB of RAM.

The remainder of my time with the G Cloud Gaming Handheld was spent getting misplaced in its Android launcher that Tencent apparently assisted with in growth, which feels ripped out of the Android Honeycomb days (although the unit that I examined was working Android 11). It’s simple sufficient to seek out your entire apps, other than the gaming-focused ones that it places entrance and middle. While you’re taking a look at your full app library, you may click on a face button that serves as a portal to the Google Play Retailer, the place you may obtain virtually something, I’d think about. Aesthetically, the consumer interface is making an attempt for a gamer-y vibe that didn’t completely click on with me.

A top view of the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Headset that shows its shoulder buttons, which are covered in a textured plastic.

The shoulder buttons and grips are lined in textured plastic to offer extra, effectively, grip.
Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

The G Cloud Handheld is snug to carry. The built-in grips provide a great quantity of palm assist, and the textured plastic round its again and on the triggers is a pleasant contact. By way of ergonomics alone, I’d positively desire to lose a number of hours enjoying video games on this than on the Change. On the underside, there’s a headphone jack subsequent to a USB-C port that’s used primarily for charging. It may’t assist pushing video out to exterior displays — I requested — although it’ll work with USB-C audio transmitters for headsets that provide that sort of factor. On the highest left of the hand-held’s rail, there’s a quantity rocker subsequent to a sleep swap (you may energy it down by means of the software program, as effectively). And at last, there’s a microSD card slot over on the precise aspect, subsequent to the precise shoulder buttons.

This image showcases the volume and power buttons located on the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld

There’s an influence slider subsequent to a quantity rocker alongside the highest rail of the hand-held.
Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

This handheld feels and appears effectively designed, and it took no time in any respect for me to really feel like it is a gadget that I need to spend so much extra time testing. Although, like most Logitech merchandise, polished because it feels, spending time with it didn’t change that I’m not a fan of its $349.99 retail value. You need to be completely purchased in, not simply to this handheld however to the providers that you simply wish to play video games on. So, the price solely goes up from there.

This image shows the charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack located on the bottom of the Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld.

The hand held doesn’t assist video out through USB-C, however you may plug in USB-C audio transmitters for wi-fi headsets, along with charging.
Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

Trying outdoors of this handheld, it’s actually tough to underplay how a lot worth among the different standard handheld consoles provide proper now, together with the $199 Change Lite or the extra succesful $299 Change that may hook up with a TV. To not point out, the Steam Deck’s $399 beginning value is a tempting different if you wish to play PC video games on the go. Even so, Android tablets long-established into handhelds which might be available for buy are simply unusual sufficient that the G Cloud Gaming Handheld could possibly be successful. We’ll need to see.

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