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The Logitech G Cloud is here – and gamers aren't sure what to think

Logitech G Cloud
(Image credit: Logitech)

Nintendo fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the much-rumoured Switch Pro for years now, with the darned thing yet to materialise in any way, shape or form. In the meantime, rival brands have been jumping on the handheld hype train – and the latest passenger is, somewhat surprisingly, Logitech.

The company has just unveiled the Logitech G Cloud, its new handheld games console. Like the recently released Steam Deck, it promises next-gen console performance in a tiny package – but gamers already have one or two, er, existential questions about the device. (Ready to start gaming? Check out the best Nintendo Switch deals available now.)

Logitech G Cloud

The new console in all its glory (Image credit: Logitech)

Launching on 17 October, the Logitech G Cloud (opens in new tab) is an Android-based machine featuring support for Xbox Cloud Gaming. At 463g and with a 1080p 16:9 display, the whole design is very Nintendo Switch-like. 

But the most controversial aspect of the whole thing seems to be the price. At $299.99, this thing ain't cheap. And as many have pointed out, there are alternative gaming setups, such as a Nintendo Switch (complete with TV dock, of course) available for the same price or less. 

But perhaps most notably, it's quite possible that you already have an alternative to the Logitech G Cloud in your pocket. Indeed, with most Android smartphones compatible with of playing Xbox Cloud Gaming, and a controller like the Backbone One available for around $99, some gamers are struggling to find justification for the Logitech G Cloud's existence.

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Of course, we should at least give the Logitech G Cloud the change to prove itself before throwing cold water over the fact of its mere existence. For one thing, most smartphones don't feature a 7-inch display (although some do (opens in new tab)). Still, it's already looking like an uphill battle for the device to earn its place next to the Nintendo Switches of the world.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).