Logitech’s new handheld has been revealed by Xbox, and will focus on Cloud-based gaming, unlike its competition in the handheld market.
A new handheld from Logitech has been revealed, and it has Xbox Cloud Gaming pre-installed. Logitech’s device was leaked last month, and comes at a time when there has been a resurgence in handhelds on the market. Previously, Nintendo seemed to dominate over rival handhelds such as the PS Vita, and the Nintendo Switch’s high sales seemed to indicate that it would continue to reign supreme. However, handheld PCs such as the Steam Deck and the AYA NEO have recently brought some competition to the market, allowing players to access many games from their PC libraries on the go.
One of the major downsides of the Steam Deck is that several titles such as Halo: Master Chief Collection won’t play natively due to “anti-cheat” systems in place. There are workarounds for this to get Xbox Cloud Gaming running on the Steam Deck, and there’s the option of installing Windows onto the device (its pre-installed SteamOS is Linux-based) and playing it through there, although this may be more trouble than its worth for more casual users.
A new handheld from Logitech could be the answer, however, as an announcement from Xbox has revealed that Xbox Cloud Gaming will come pre-installed on the device alongside other cloud gaming services like NVIDIA GeForce NOW. The Logitech G CLOUD Gaming Handheld boasts a 7-inch full HD 1080p touchscreen and a 12+ hour battery life, built-in Wi-Fi, and ergonomic controls, and while Xbox Cloud Gaming has an impressive amount of titles included, such as Grounded, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the aforementioned Halo series to name a few, players will be able to access even more cloud services through the Google Play store, and will be able to use Xbox’s Remote Play feature to stream from their consoles and access games not included in the Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Cloud Gaming Has Had Its Problems In The Past
Logitech G CLOUD Gaming Handheld will also be competitively priced cheaper than the Steam Deck, and around the same price as the Nintendo Switch. However, both of those devices allow players to download and play games offline. Cloud gaming on the go in some locations that are lacking a decent Internet connection could pose a greater problem for gamers, as weaker internet connections have posed a frequently recognized problem with cloud based services such as Google Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and NVIDIA GeForce NOW when gaming at home.
How Logitech plans to counter these issues surrounding cloud gaming to get Xbox Cloud Gaming working smoothly on their new device remains to be seen. Fortunately, players shouldn’t have to wait long to find out, as the Logitech G CLOUD Gaming Handheld is due to launch in North America next month, on October 17.