Logitech creates an Android-based Steam Deck clone for portable cloud gaming


Those losses were real! Is Logitech entering the portable gaming console arena, and is cloud gaming the main platform? The company announced the “Logitech G CLOUD Gaming Handheld,” a Steam Deck / Nintendo Switch-style handheld that runs Android, has a full suite of controller buttons, and is meant to bring your cloud gaming collection on the go.

The device is powered by an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, i.e. two Cortex A76 CPUs, four A55 CPUs, and an Adreno 618 GPU, all based on an 8nm process. It’s a very close mid-range chip to what you get in a Pixel 5a. It’s good enough for some local games, but those will be local android games and those aren’t the target of this device. In addition to the “Cloud” in the name, Logitech says the handheld takes “huge libraries of AAA titles and advanced graphics from the cloud and puts it all in your hands. This allows you to play a ridiculous amount of games from Xbox, Nvidia GeForce NOW and even Steam Link. ” (Logitech continually snubs Stadia and Luna in its promotional materials, but presumably they’ll work too.)

The spec sheet also includes a 7-inch, 60Hz, 1920×1080 LCD, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a MicroSD slot. There’s an 18W USB-C charging port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi 5 (aka 802.11ac) support. For buttons, you get a pretty standard layout of a D-pad, two joysticks, ABXY front buttons, four shoulder buttons (two analog) and then four system buttons for things like “Home” and “Menu”. Logitech’s FAQs go to great lengths to say that video output is not supported, so no Switch-style TV connections.

Unlike the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, Logitech’s laptop has no fans. This means that it won’t really be great for munching your own game graphics locally compared to the competition. The upside is you’re getting more tablet-like battery life – Logitech claims up to 12 hours of game streaming from the 6000mAh battery.

There are no good answers about internet access for a portable cloud gaming device. Logitech’s Qualcomm chip deal opens up the possibility of cellular connectivity with LTE or 5G via a Qualcomm modem, but there is no cellular option for Logitech’s handheld. The cell phone would make the device even more expensive, both upfront and with a monthly cellular bill, but not having it means that out of the box, your “portable” cloud gaming device will only work if you can find a friendly and efficient Wi-Fi. high quality – Fi hot spot. You could never use the thing on a trip, at least not without connecting it to some other device, and even then, streaming cellular games will be difficult. It seems that you will be constantly hungry for the internet.

Logitech’s cloud handheld costs $ 350 (but on sale now for an introductory price of $ 300), which is a tough sale because it’s Nintendo Switch money. A Steam Deck costs $ 50 more. How much do you like AAA games for Xbox / PC and the constant questions on the Internet, when a fully local handheld can be purchased for the same amount of money?

Somehow this device only ships with Android 11, which, at two years old, is likely close to the age limit of what Google is willing to license to third parties. The system comes with Google Play, so you’ll have easy access to all your favorite games, emulators, and streaming services. The press release states that Logitech’s handheld was “developed in collaboration with Tencent Games”, with the two companies collaborating to “combine Logitech G’s experience in hardware with Tencent Games’ expertise in software services.” . Tencent is a Chinese tech giant and the largest games company in the world, thanks to having a stake in a lot of development houses, such as Riot Games and 40% of Epic Games. Tencent also has a lot of experience with Android apps, while Logitech doesn’t. I am wondering if any Tencent software is supported in the operating system?

The handheld is now available for pre-order and will be available on Amazon and Best Buy in October.

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