For a long time, Xbox users wondered if Microsoft would ever enter the handheld gaming market, and now it finally happened — sort of. The Logitech G Cloud Handheld isn’t a new console per se, but it’s a way to play your Xbox Game Pass library on the go.
Aesthetically, the Cloud Handheld is in line with the Nintendo Switch or the Valve Steam Deck, with a 12-inch 1080p touchscreen sandwiched between the two halves of what might otherwise be an Xbox controller. “Handheld devices are the natural next step in our evolution of cloud gaming,” said Xbox in his statement. “It’s great to see a world-class hardware leader like Logitech optimize Xbox Cloud Gaming for its new device.” The Cloud Handheld has a 12+ hour battery life and built-in Wi-Fi, both of which are essential for extended gaming sessions.
As for the games you can play on the Cloud Handheld, the answer is in the name: anything the Xbox can pull from the cloud can be played on the portable device. That should pair perfectly with Game Pass, which offers day-one subscribers all first-party Xbox games and select third-party titles like the Xbox port of Deathloop. The recently introduced Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family plan could also fall into place, allowing people to play on console, PC and handhelds in the same household.
All of this information raises two questions: when will the Logitech G Cloud Handheld be released and how much will it cost? The Cloud Handheld will be available from October 17th and pre-orders are available now in the Microsoft Store. While the final retail price will total $349.99, you can currently pre-order one for $50, bringing the price down to $299.99.
It’s worth pointing out that the Logitech G Cloud Handheld isn’t limited to Xbox games either; also supports Nvidia GeForce Now. This isn’t the only handheld Logitech is working on, either. Earlier this year, it announced a partnership with Tencent, which will bring another gaming device.