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For a long time, Xbox users have wondered if Microsoft would ever enter the handheld gaming market, and now it’s finally happened – sort of. The Logitech G Cloud Handheld isn’t a new console per se, but it’s a way to play the Xbox Game Pass library on the go.
Aesthetically, the Cloud Handheld is on par with the Nintendo Switch or Valve Steam Deck, with a 12-inch 1080p touchscreen sandwiched between two halves of what might otherwise be an Xbox controller. “Handheld devices are a natural next step in our cloud gaming evolution,” states Xbox in his announcement. “It’s great to see a world-class hardware leader like Logitech optimize Xbox Cloud Gaming for their new device.” The Cloud Handheld has a 12+ hour battery life and built-in Wi-Fi, both of which are essential for longer gaming sessions.
As for what games you can play on the Cloud Handheld, the answer is in the name: anything an Xbox can pull from the cloud can be played on the portable device. It should fit perfectly with Game Pass, which offers all first-party Xbox games and select third-party titles like the Xbox port of Deathloop to subscribers on day one. The recently revealed Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family plan could also fit in quite nicely here, letting people play on a console, PC and handheld 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 17 and pre-orders are available now on the Microsoft Store. While the final retail price will total $349.99, you can currently pre-order one for $50 off, bringing the price down to $299.99.
It’s worth pointing out that the Logitech G Cloud Handheld isn’t just limited to Xbox games either; it also supports Nvidia GeForce Now. This isn’t the only handheld device Logitech has worked on, either. It announced a partnership with Tencent earlier this year, a partnership that will create another gaming entity.