At the Logi Play event in Berlin, Cloud Gaming Console and other Logitech products were unveiled. This gaming console had been rumoured and leaked for a while, so we knew it was coming but not when. We’ve finally gotten our hands on the console and spent some time with it to give you our thoughts.
From what we’ve seen, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming console is an excellent piece of hardware. It has a great design, is simple to use, has a long battery life, and is reasonably priced.
If you believe in cloud gaming, this should be a solid investment, though we’d like to spend more time with it in the real world to see how it holds up over time. The Logitech G Cloud Gaming Console will be available in the United States first, beginning on October 17th, with a pre-order price of $299.99. We’ll have to wait and see how the console performs in those regions before finding out if it’ll be available elsewhere. This could be an excellent choice if you’re looking for a gaming solution that allows you to play games from anywhere in the house.
100% Cloud Gaming
According to Logitech, its gaming console was built from the ground up for 100% cloud gaming. This has some immediate advantages that you will notice when you pick it up, such as a thin and lightweight body and a pleasing aesthetic. This is an intriguing console for those who believe in the potential of cloud gaming but do not want, need, or own a console or gaming PC.
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming console comes standard with Android 11 and access to the Google Play Store, allowing you to play Android games on it. However, this isn’t meant to be an Android gaming tablet, as evidenced by the fact that it works with both Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming right out of the box.
If you’re willing to pay for access to those services and have a fast and stable home Wi-Fi network, this could be the gaming console for you. In a world where the Valve Steam Deck as well as Nintendo Switch already exist, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming console is a curiosity. Its appeal, however, isn’t the processing power under the hood, but rather the massive library of games available with just a few taps. Cloud gaming provides access to thousands of games without the need to purchase expensive hardware, which is a significant benefit. Particularly for a console console that costs only $299.99. (if you pre-order).
A Snapdragon 720g processor powers this machine. Not the most recent model, but perfectly adequate for its intended purpose. This allows Logitech to sell the console at a reasonable price, but it also means that the console should last longer because it lacks beefy power under the hood. Logitech claims up to 12 hours of playtime (which we couldn’t test at the time), which is significantly greater than the two to three hours we usually get out of our Steamdeck. That alone is a tremendous benefit.
The Logitech G Cloud Gaming console has a unique feel in the hand, with a thin body and large textured grips that make it easy to hold. The controls are systematically laid out and, more importantly, feel natural and familiar in the hand. This is one of the advantages of purchasing this console over simply playing cloud games on your smartphone; another advantage is that you won’t be draining the battery on your phone while playing.
Visuals that make you feel comfortable anywhere in your home?
This device has a 7-inch 1080p display with 450 nits of brightness and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It was certainly bright, vibrant, and colourful in the dimly lit play area where we got to experiment with it. It remains to be seen how it performs in brightly lit rooms, but we’re confident it will. This console is design to give you the freedom to game anywhere in your home in a simple and uncomplicated manner. Unfortunately, because it’s cloud-based, you can’t take it on a plane or train and play outside, but if you want to be able to play in any room of your house, this may be a good option.
Internal storage is limited (64GB), as is RAM (4GB LPDDR4x), but if you mostly play cloud games, this shouldn’t be an issue. If you require more internal storage, you can upgrade with a microSD card. One drawback is that there is no display out, so you can’t plug in and dock to a large TV or gaming monitor to play. This console has a 6,000mAh battery that provides at least 12 hours of cloud gaming under “normal” play conditions (50% volume and 50% brightness). However, you can quickly recharge it to full power in just two and a half hours.
The interface is also fairly simple to use. Although it is a touchscreen, you can easily navigate using the D-pad and thumbsticks. It has a simple user interface and quick access to everything you need from the home screen. We found it simple and quick to switch between games on Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.
The advantages of those services also imply that you can run games at high graphics settings without negatively impacting the console’s performance. As a result, it feels smooth and is an excellent choice if you want to play visually appealing titles not only now, but also in the future. After all, if you own the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Console, you shouldn’t need to upgrade within a year and should be able to play happily for a long time if those services remain operational.