My favorite gaming handheld is FINALLY at a price (its lowest since launch) where I can now recommend it

Logitech G Cloud
Logitech G Cloud (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

I'm often asked what my favorite handheld is, and it's always such a tough question to answer because not one of the gaming handhelds on the market right now are doing everything I need perfectly. For that, I'm waiting in anticipation for the official Xbox handheld to make itself known. If I had a gun to my head and had to make a Sophies Choice style decision, I know I would choose the Logitech G Cloud; it's only real failing is that it's such a high cost for a cloud-only gaming device. That is, until now. Logitech has shaved off $50, making it a lot more tempting a proposition.

Logitech G Cloud | $299.99 now $249.99 at Logitech  (add to basket to get this price)

Logitech G Cloud | was $299.99 now $249.99 at Logitech  (add to basket to get this price)

Put simply, this is the perfect handheld gaming device if you have a stable internet connection. Play the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, stream from your console, and use other great services like Nvidia Geforce Now while benefiting from incredible battery life and ergonomic design. 

Logitech G Cloud

(Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

Note that the device will show as $299.99 when you click on the link, but if you add to basket the $50 is deducted at checkout.

Is the Logitech G Cloud worth it? 

The Logitech G Cloud has often been overlooked in the handheld gaming wars, despite its impressive features. Positioned as a cloud-based gaming device, many expected it to undercut the Steam Deck, a full-fledged gaming PC offering local games. However, its initial launch price of $349.99 in October 2022 immediately put it at a disadvantage. In comparison, even the entry-level Steam Deck at $399 seemed a better deal to most consumers, aided by  Valve's subsidy from game sales.

It's a crying shame, because the Logitech G Cloud is truly a fantastic piece of kit. It's notably lighter than the Steam Deck, making it far more comfortable for extended gaming sessions. Its battery life is exceptional, offering up to 12 hours of gameplay—a significant advantage over competitors that often require additional power banks.

Despite later dropping to $299.99, the G Cloud still seemed pricey, though it boasts a 7-inch IPS 1080p display with a 60 Hz refresh rate and robust build quality, positioning it as a solid gaming device. At its current price of $250, it becomes a compelling option, and despite my wishes I doubt it will drop lower with a lack of a revenue-generating store ecosystem like those of Steam Deck and Xbox.

Personally, I find myself using the Logitech G Cloud more than my Steam Deck, particularly at home with a stable internet connection thanks to Nvidia GeForce Now. This service eliminates the hassle of tweaking settings, ensuring smooth performance for games like Diablo 4 and Baldur's Gate 3. It also supports remote play from Xbox and cloud-based gaming for titles like Fallout 76, all without frequent trips to the charger.

There's a small cult-like community of Logitech G Cloud owners on Reddit spreading the word about our lord and saviour, the G Cloud. Similar to the Steam Deck, it has a passionate fan base of users who, despite initial pricing concerns, stand by their purchase. Now it's a little cheaper, I hope you'll join us! 

Jennifer Young

Jen is a News Writer for Windows Central, focused on all things gaming and Microsoft. Anything slaying monsters with magical weapons will get a thumbs up such as Dark Souls, Dragon Age, Diablo, and Monster Hunter. When not playing games, she'll be watching a horror or trash reality TV show, she hasn't decided which of those categories the Kardashians fit into. You can follow Jen on Twitter @Jenbox360 for more Diablo fangirling and general moaning about British weather. 

  • HeyCori
    I bought a Lenovo Legion Go to replace my G Cloud (which I still have, it just sits on the desk). I still miss using my G Cloud though. It's way lighter and feels great in the end. I just wish it had a little bit more power so I could emulate some of the tougher games. However, I still recommend the G Cloud, especially since you can likely get it locally (depending on what country you're in).
  • Jennifer Young
    Yeah I love my Steam Deck but can't beat the Logitech G Cloud for comfort. I initially wrote the device off because of the price but I've embraced cloud gaming with Nvidia. In an ideal world it would be $200 but doubt we'll see it go that low.