Logitech G CLOUD is a portable, cloud-powered Xbox console

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Microsoft today unveiled a new portable Xbox gaming solution, the Logitech G CLOUD. The Logitech G CLOUD is essentially a handheld video game console designed specifically to run titles through Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service.

This means that instead of downloading and installing games locally on the device’s hardware like the Nintendo Switch and other portable devices, the Logitech G CLOUD will stream compatible games from the Xbox Game Pass library and must therefore be connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network. Internet connection when used.

“Handhelds are a natural next step in our evolution of cloud gaming,” said Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft vice president for Xbox Cloud Gaming, in a blog post. “And it’s great to see a global hardware leader like Logitech optimize Xbox Cloud Gaming for its new device. You can easily get started anywhere and enjoy the 16:9 full-screen display. With battery life extended battery life, built-in Wi-Fi, and ergonomic controls, the Logitech G CLOUD will let you progress through campaigns or log in for a multiplayer session wherever it suits you best.

The Logitech G CLOUD has a recommended retail price of $349.99, but it’s currently up for pre-order ahead of its October 18 release date for $299.99.

Honestly, the device won’t offer such a different experience of playing a game through Xbox Cloud Gaming on a smartphone with a controller accessory attached, although it could certainly appeal to those who want to access their smartphone while gaming. to a game, don’t want app notifications appearing on their screen, and find attached controller clips frustrating or irritating.

Of course, G CLOUD could also find a market among those who don’t have a smartphone like young gamers.

For comparison, the The Razer Kishi Smartphone Attachment is only $99.99.

Note that playing titles through Xbox Cloud Gaming on any device requires an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. GeForce Now is also supported on G CLOUD.

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