news devices You Played The New Console You Want To Take Off Nintendo Switch And Steam Deck, Here’s Logitech G Cloud
It was at a Logi Play event in Berlin that I was able to test out my first Logitech console. We know the brand of headphones, mice, and other computer accessories, but the Swiss giant decided to take it a step further. Under the name Logitech G Cloud this portable console is formed. But then, what is it worth?
A high-quality Logitech console, but…
At first glance, we quickly notice a resemblance to a particular Japanese console. In fact, Logitech G Cloud pretty much takes the design of the Nintendo Switch LiteThe “light” version of the classic Nintendo Switch. In terms of weight, we end up at 463g, which is light enough not to bother me during my roughly half-hour session.
Logitech allowed me to get my hands on their first console, entirely dedicated to cloud gaming. We can think about it however we want but this way of consuming video games is gaining more and more followers. Services like XCloud, GeForce Now, or even Steam Link are doubling down, and Logitech intends to ride that wave to enter the console market with great fanfare.
Logitech G Cloud compared to Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck:
|Logitech G Cloud||Nintendo Switch||steam surface|
|Physical / Online Games||cloud only||Physical games / download games / cloud games||Download games only|
|cloud services||GeForce Now, Steam Link, and XCloud||Some games on the online store||no|
|Screen Size||7 inches||5.5 inches (Lite) to 7 inches (OLED)||7 inches|
|independence||12:00||7 hours||8 hours|
|connectors||USB-C, 3.5 mm jack||USB-C, 3.5 mm jack||USB-C, 3.5 mm jack|
|price||$349 (no price in euros yet)||From €199 to €349||419 euros to 679 euros|
|Mandatory login to the game||yes||no||no|
In the model, it is impossible to deny the quality of the product. The Logitech G Cloud is a solid console with perfectly placed keys and joysticks layout. The handheld console walks on flower beds on the Nintendo Switch Lite, to the point of putting all of its keys in the same place.
Once you have it within reach, the console is flawless. The size was perfect for my (fairly small) hands, but other reviewers present with larger hands liked the Logitech G Cloud grip. The sticks are slightly recessed to accommodate the core of your thumb, and the buttons provide a hit and return almost similar to those on an Xbox Series controller.
Logitech G Cloud offers us a 7-inch LCD screen with a maximum resolution of 1080 pixels (Full HD) and a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, even while gaming I did not see live frame rate tracking, but the gameplay feels very smooth.
The Logitech G Cloud onscreen still reveals a maximum brightness of 450 nits, versus the Nintendo Switch’s 343 nits. For once, the handling conditions did not allow me to see if the screen was providing good brightness, given that I was in a rather dark room.
… the concept might be too ambitious in the face of Steam Deck
Logitech G Cloud is, as its name suggests, a dedicated cloud console. This is an Android device, and for once, the limits are felt very quickly.
In fact, I tested Cyberpunk 2077 for the first time via Nvidia’s GeForce Now service. After a long loading time, due to the very unstable connection. The game was showing some delay between the requested input and the onscreen action. My worst idea was to launch Ghostrunner, a flight game where every movement has to be accurately calculated. This is where I can feel the limits of the cloud in very dynamic games.
Even if Steam Deck is somewhat imposing, it is mainly explained by the fact that the console must literally play and store games. For once, it’s clear that Steam Deck and Logitech G Cloud don’t play in the same ballpark.
Aside from the very good hardware, the Logitech G Cloud primarily looks like an Android tablet with two controllers placed on it. Navigating the menus was tedious and being constantly connected to the various Cloud Gaming services could cripple many people, myself included. The interface quickly becomes cumbersome, especially if you fall into the Steam Big Picture submenu that asks you to use the touch screen on very small icons…
Logitech G Cloud suggests that you set foot in a future where the game is completely dematerialized and remote. A portable console that shouldn’t be moved too far from your Wifi router or risk interruption, which is ironic.