For a long time, Xbox users wondered if Microsoft would ever get into the mobile gaming market, and now it has finally — 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 on par with the Nintendo Switch or Valve Steam Deck, featuring a 12-inch 1080p touchscreen between the two halves of what would be an Xbox console. Xbox says: “Mobile devices are a natural next step in our cloud gaming evolution.” in her announcement. “It’s great to see a global hardware leader like Logitech improve Xbox Cloud Gaming for its new hardware.” The Cloud Handheld has 12+ hours of battery life and built-in Wi-Fi, both essential for extended gaming sessions.
As for the games you can play on the Cloud Handheld, the answer lies in the name: everything that your Xbox pulls from the cloud can be played on the mobile device. That should pair perfectly with Game Pass, which offers all first-party Xbox games and selects third-party titles like the Deathloop’s Xbox port for first-day subscribers. The recently revealed Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family plan could also be put into place very well here, letting people play on console, PC, and handheld in the same home.
All this information begs two questions: When will the Logitech G Cloud Handheld be released, and how much will it cost? Cloud Handheld will be available from October 17th, pre-orders are now available in the Microsoft Store. While the final retail price will be a total of $349.99, you can currently pre-purchase one at a $50 discount, bringing the cost down to $299.99.
It’s worth noting that the Logitech G Cloud Handheld isn’t just about Xbox games either; It also supports Nvidia GeForce Now. This isn’t the only mobile device Logitech is working on either. It announced a partnership with Tencent earlier this year, one that will bring yet another gaming device.