Yesterday, Logitech introduced its $349.99 G Cloud Gaming Handheld, which is popping out within the US on October seventeenth (till then, it’s $50 off to preorder). As we speak, I bought to briefly try it out. It was only a 10-minute demo, however it was lengthy sufficient for me to snap just a few images, launch some apps, and see the way it felt in my fingers. We’ll have a full evaluate within the coming weeks.
As I arrived on the testing station, Deathloop (freshly out there on Xbox Sport Move) was streaming by way of Wi-Fi to the hand held’s Xbox Cloud Gaming app. Sadly, it was the action-less intro sequence, however I nonetheless bought to dash and leap round. Although it wasn’t a enjoyable killer, like all of my experiences with cloud recreation streaming, there was only a whiff of enter lag that, not less than for me, is troublesome to disregard. On the plus aspect, the G Cloud’s buttons, triggers, and analog stick format really feel good. As for visible constancy, it’s powerful to understand how a lot may be blamed on a congested Wi-Fi community, however the recreation’s darkish environments regarded a little bit fuzzy on its seven-inch 1080p IPS panel.
That wasn’t the case once I switched to Fortnite by way of the Nvidia GeForce Now app. Exiting Xbox Sport Move and booting into a brand new app was satisfactorily speedy. My preliminary impression is that in case your baseline expectations for pace in a handheld include simply the Nintendo Change, I feel you’ll in all probability be impressed with how responsive the efficiency and interface navigation really feel — maybe not a lot for those who’re coming from a Steam Deck. At its greatest, Fortnite on the G Cloud Gaming Handheld appears higher and runs smoother than it does on the Change (not a really excessive bar, I do know), although that relies upon totally on the capabilities of your Wi-Fi community. In fact, since that is an Android-based handheld, it’s in all probability potential to get precise Fortnite loaded onto this factor and never fear about the entire cloud side. Although, I’m undecided how properly it’d run with its Snapdragon 720G and 4GB of RAM.
The remainder of my time with the G Cloud Gaming Handheld was spent getting misplaced in its Android launcher that Tencent apparently assisted with in growth, which feels ripped out of the Android Honeycomb days (regardless that the unit that I examined was working Android 11). It’s straightforward sufficient to seek out your whole apps, except for the gaming-focused ones that it places entrance and middle. If you’re your full app library, you’ll be able to click on a face button that serves as a portal to the Google Play Retailer, the place you’ll be able to obtain virtually something, I’d think about. Aesthetically, the consumer interface is attempting for a gamer-y vibe that didn’t completely click on with me.
The G Cloud Handheld is comfy to carry. The built-in grips provide an excellent quantity of palm help, and the textured plastic round its again and on the triggers is a pleasant contact. By way of ergonomics alone, I’d undoubtedly choose to lose just a few hours taking part in video games on this than on the Change. On the underside, there’s a headphone jack subsequent to a USB-C port that’s used primarily for charging. It might’t help pushing video out to exterior displays — I requested — although it’ll work with USB-C audio transmitters for headsets that supply that sort of factor. On the highest left of the hand held’s rail, there’s a quantity rocker subsequent to a sleep swap (you’ll be able to energy it down by means of the software program, as properly). And eventually, there’s a microSD card slot over on the suitable aspect, subsequent to the suitable shoulder buttons.
This handheld feels and appears properly designed, and it took no time in any respect for me to really feel like it is a gadget that I need to spend so much extra time testing. Although, like most Logitech merchandise, polished because it feels, spending time with it didn’t change that I’m not a fan of its $349.99 retail worth. It’s a must to be completely purchased in, not simply to this handheld however to the providers that you just need to play video games on. So, the associated fee solely goes up from there.
Wanting outdoors of this handheld, it’s actually troublesome to underplay how a lot worth a few of the different common handheld consoles provide proper now, together with the $199 Change Lite or the extra succesful $299 Change that may hook up with a TV. To not point out, the Steam Deck’s $399 beginning worth is a tempting different if you wish to play PC video games on the go. Even so, Android tablets long-established into handhelds which are available for buy are simply unusual sufficient that the G Cloud Gaming Handheld may very well be a success. We’ll need to see.