Logitech’s Game Pass Streaming Handheld Is Too Expensive

A white Switch-esque device shows an Xbox dashboard while being held by two hands.

Having a (relatively) small device that can play just about any major game on it is a cool idea, and that is What I Love About Valve’s Steam Deck. But the Deck can be a bit bulky, and the battery sometimes just doesn’t last. Moreover, it does not work easily with Xbox Game Pass. So the idea of ​​a new, smaller handheld for streaming Game Pass and Xbox titles sounds great! However, at $300, it seems overpriced in a world where the Steam Deck and Switch OLED exist around the same price.

Announced today by Microsoft and Logitech, the new G Cloud handheld game console is a small Android-powered device built around streaming video games. 10 years ago this would have seemed like a weird idea. But these days, with enough tinkering, you can stream practically any game on most platforms. The idea behind this new G Cloud device is to eliminate the tinkering and modding and provide players with an easy, fast and lightweight way to stream all the great games on Game Pass.

First the positives. The new Android device claims to have a longer battery life, probably thanks to the fact that it only streams games and doesn’t run them natively. It features a solid 1080p 7-inch touchscreen, built-in controls, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a button and stick layout similar to an Xbox controller. I also really like the look of the device. It’s a bit smaller than Steam Deck, which should be nice for those with smaller hands.

But here’s the problem: the price. Currently you can use the G Cloud for $300 which is pretty high considering this is basically a nice Android phone with built-in controls, a bigger battery and no call capability. It does have support for the Google Play Store, so presumably mobile games and apps will work on it. And since it’s based on Android, it can basically be customized from day one. Still, $300 for that seems high.

And that’s just for now. When it comes out on October 17, the price will skyrocket to $350, which is the same price as a new Switch OLED and just $50 less than a 64GB Steam Deck. Now it’s true that the Switch isn’t the whole Game Pass Librarybut with some tinkering, the Steam Deck can do that too, while you play too (most) of your Steam games.

When I first saw the G Cloud on Twitter, I was interested. A small device for Android apps and Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming would be nice to have. But only for about… $200. For the current price, I recommend people buy a new phone, an external controller for their current phone, or a Steam Deck instead.

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