Logitech is hosting an event today, during which he will reveal some new products for gamers and streamers. Details about one of them were leaked ahead of time when a pre-order page for the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld went live on Amazon Canada a bit earlier. The company has now officially unveiled the device.
According to the listing, which was discovered by lbabinz on Twitter, the Cloud Gaming Handheld is coming on October 18th and will cost $400 CAD. Logitech’s press materials, on the other hand, say the product will ship next month. The system will also be available on Amazon in the US, where it costs $350 USD, or $300 if you pre-order. That’s pretty expensive for a dedicated cloud gaming handheld, especially considering a Nintendo Switch OLED is the same price (and can be jailbroken to run cloud gaming services).
Specs and design line up with leaked details from late August. You’ll be able to stream games in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second on the seven-inch, 450-nit touchscreen. The handheld, which is a custom Android tablet housed inside a control unit, offers haptic feedback, gyroscope controls, and remappable buttons. It has the inputs you’d expect, including a D-pad, face buttons, dual joysticks, bumpers, and triggers, along with option buttons on both sides, a G button, and a Home button.
Because you’ll be streaming games for the most part, the Cloud Gaming Handheld doesn’t require a ton of processing power. That’s one likely reason Logitech has been able to cap the weight at 463g, or just over a pound. For comparison, the Nintendo Switch weighs 0.88 pounds (398 g) when the Joy-Cons are attached, and the Steam Deck weighs around 1.5 pounds (669 g).
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core. It has 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot. Logitech claims that the battery will last up to 12 hours on a single charge. If powered off, it should fully recharge in about 2.5 hours via a USB-C cable.
There are stereo speakers and a stereo microphone, which offers echo cancellation and noise suppression. Additionally, the device has support for Bluetooth 5.1 and USB-C headphones, as well as, thankfully, a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Logitech and Tencent (who built the device together) collaborated with Microsoft and NVIDIA to ensure there is native support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now. You will be able to use the Steam Link app to play games from your PC remotely, while the Xbox app supports remote play from consoles. Logitech notes that users will be able to download apps from the Google Play Store. So you should be able to access Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, as well as social media apps, Android games, and streaming video services like YouTube and Netflix (you can use the device in tablet mode).
“What we wanted to do was challenge ourselves to build a device that was perfectly optimized for cloud gaming,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming, in a statement. Ultimate Xbox Controller: A big HD display, incredible battery life, and a lightweight design so gamers can enjoy long gaming sessions, without compromise.”
Update 12:12 PM ET: Added more Logitech details.
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