Logitech G Cloud Evaluation: Do not Name It a Cloud Gaming Mini Console


It is onerous to get excited in regards to the Logitech G Cloud, nevertheless it’s onerous to hate it as nicely. Essentially, it is a small Android pill with a nonremovable controller and a customized launcher; you can even run it as a generic pill. In distinction, a tool just like the upcoming Razer Edge is an analogous, small Android pill plus Xbox-layout controller, however bundled slightly than hooked up. It does not really feel low-cost, nevertheless it does not really feel premium, and finally, it does not really feel like one thing that conjures up you to play video games.

The closest design to the G Cloud is the Nintendo Change Lite, in that it is an all-in-one machine with normal controllers hooked up on both aspect of a display and is most fitted for basically cell avid gamers. The Steam Deck runs alongside the identical strains, however a minimum of for the time being it is for PC avid gamers who need to play on a smaller, extra cell machine. Its dimensions lie someplace between the 2.

I’ve received combined emotions in regards to the G Cloud’s execution. Attaching any kind of controller to a cellphone continues to be a little bit of a trouble, and even big-screen telephones really feel slightly small as a result of they’re lengthy and slender slightly than 16:9. However at its value it competes with the Change in your cash, regardless that they’re very completely different units. And it is specced for least-common-denominator cloud gaming, not one thing like GeForce Now’s RTX 3080 high-refresh-rate 1440p. Plus, we have gotten used to OLED screens on many units. Neither is there a charging dock.  


  • Much less awkward than swapping controllers in your cellphone
  • Micro SD slot for including storage

Do not Like

  • Comparatively costly
  • Not a lot storage
  • Display screen is not very excessive distinction
  • Sluggish
  • No digital camera

The customized launcher kind of appears to be like like a console dashboard, however principally simply exhibits most up-to-date apps — akin to Xbox Cloud Gaming, however not the precise sport you performed — and allows you to pin apps to the principle display

The display’s fairly primary: a 1080p, 7-inch IPS show with a 60Hz refresh fee and 450 nits of brightness. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G with 4GB of reminiscence, has stereo audio system with an amp, a stereo noise-canceling mic and each 3.5mm and USB-C audio output (no video), in addition to Bluetooth 5.1. 

The controller elements really feel… effective, or a minimum of typical for a cell controller. In different phrases, the buttons are slightly mushy, the triggers have much less journey (however nonetheless greater than you’d think about fast response), the grips are textured plastic (much less slippery than regular plastic however much less grippy than rubberized), the sticks actually solely perceive 4 instructions (i.e., they do not register diagonals very nicely) and so forth. 

You may join through Wi-Fi 5 solely — there is not any Wi-Fi 6/6E or cell help, which is disappointing, particularly since I ceaselessly bumped into community points. In my signal-dense residence constructing, Wi-Fi 6E has gone a good distance to enhance the velocity and reliability of my connections, which might have made a giant distinction right here.

The controller grips have slightly extra curvature than a variety of comparable cell sport controllers.

Lori Grunin/CNET

The G Cloud’s bandwidth measured a minimum of half that of my telephones, tablets and computer systems, and I bumped into points starting from show artifacts to freezing with Xbox Cloud Gaming, GeForce Now and Steam Hyperlink, even in comparatively undemanding video games like Pentiment, Shadows Over Loathing and Lifeless Cells. Taking part in native Android video games went comparatively easily, although.

Constructed-in storage is just 64GB, nevertheless it does have a slot for a microSD/TF card. It additionally professes to have “linear haptics” for the controls, however that did not appear to translate into something perceptible. The corporate charges the battery for as much as 12.5 hours of play time, however in apply it was extra like 7 or 8. You would most likely stretch it out by leaving the ambient gentle sensor enabled, which dynamically brightens or dims the display, however I discover these by no means, ever work nicely. On this case, it could decrease the brightness to 0 in a darkish room — and I am virtually at all times at nighttime — which was far too dim.

I wasn’t ever in a position to neglect that it was principally a retrofitted pill, from its preliminary oh-my-god-get-out-of-my-way-Google setup (which a minimum of permits you to postpone a few of the fundamentals so as to get to gaming sooner) to its why-can’t-I-uninstall-Gmail-or-any-other-Google-app annoyances. Plus, it is solely like a console within the irritating methods, like single-tasking; it might probably solely load one app (or sport) at a time, so you’ll be able to’t interrupt your sport to test your e-mail with out shutting it down.

That is all effective if you’d like one thing that may double as an Android pill, however I’ve a cellphone with a greater show, quicker processor and 5G help, and that is not one other massive machine to throw into my bag. It will be effective if it have been cheaper — say, underneath $200 — or if it got here with a 12 months’s subscription to a minimum of one of many providers. As it’s, it is simply unexciting at greatest and disappointing at worst.

Supply hyperlink