Logitech launches handheld gaming device in Europe

Logitech G Cloud is a handheld gaming console that, unlike the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally, is designed primarily for cloud gaming.

Logitech is renowned for its high-quality PC and tablet accessories, among other things. Now, the company is looking to be a major player in the niche gaming market with a cloud-focused handheld gaming console named the G Cloud.

Logitech G Cloud is heading to Europe and the UK several months after launching in the US.

Several months after G Cloud launched in the US, the company has now announced it will launch the device in the UK and select European countries on May 22.

According to a Techcrunch report, the gaming device will "become available gradually between May 22 and June 22 in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland for €359 or £329." In the US, the device goes for $349, although it is often available on sale for $299.

For buyers, the Logitech G Cloud device will come with an introductory bundle that includes a six-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, a month of the NVIDIA GeForce Now Priority subscription tier access, and one month of Shadow PC access.

Apart from these, the device will come pre-loaded with the Steam Link and the Xbox app.

Another appeal of the device is the constant software updates from Logitech. Since its US debut in October, the device has received updates that introduce new features which improve the gaming experience.

For instance, the G Cloud didn’t originally ship with a virtual button. However, this has been corrected via software updates and, as a result, gamers can now play touch-based mobile titles on it.

Despite its high asking price, the G Cloud’s features are hardly cutting edge. The device is designed for cloud gaming and, as a result, doesn’t have much computing power or powerful specifications. In fact, it only boasts a mid-range CPU (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G), 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. For connectivity, it comes with Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 5 support.

On the features front, the device is like every other handheld device on the market. It features a large, 1080p FHD+, seven-inch touchscreen, and a set of gamepad controls, including joysticks.

The device also comes with a microSD card slot, speakers, microphones, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack, which is standard for the average handheld gaming console on the market today. One place where its low computing power is an advantage is its battery life as the low demands of its mid-range CPU means it can last as long as 12 hours on a single charge.

The handheld device is designed primarily for cloud gaming, although it can also be used for remote play with the Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Apart from its primary function as a cloud-based handheld gaming device, you can use the Logitech G Cloud for remote play on the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. In other words, you can use the device to play games you already have on either of these consoles when you are not in the same place. For instance, you can use the device as a second screen when you are in a neighboring room.

The same is also true for your PC as you can use the Logitech G Cloud device to play video games you are streaming on your gaming PC.

In other gaming news, reports emerged last month that the new ASUS ROG Ally handheld console will cost $699.99 when it officially launches on June 13. Many gamers will be hoping it rivals the Steam Deck in quality and, by extension, crashes its price.

The Logitech G Cloud handheld gaming device is currently available for pre-order in Europe and the UK.

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