Having a (comparatively) small gadget that may play principally any huge recreation on it’s a cool concept, and that’s what I really like about Valve’s Steam Deck. However the Deck is usually a bit cumbersome, and its battery simply doesn’t final generally. Plus it doesn’t work simply with Xbox Sport Cross. So the thought of a brand new, smaller handheld devoted to streaming Sport Cross and Xbox titles sounds nice! Nevertheless, at $300, it appears too costly in a world the place the Steam Deck and Swap OLED exist at across the identical worth level.
Introduced right this moment by Microsoft and Logitech, the brand new G Cloud handheld gaming console is a small Android-powered gadget constructed round streaming video video games. 10 years in the past this is able to have appeared like a bizarre concept. However right this moment, you may stream virtually each recreation throughout most platforms with sufficient tinkering. The concept behind this new G Cloud gadget is to chop out the tinkering and modding and supply gamers with a easy, quick, and light-weight method to stream all the nice video games on Sport Cross.
First, the positives. The brand new Android gadget claims to have an prolonged battery life, in all probability due to the very fact it’s only streaming video games and never operating them natively. It boasts a stable 1080p 7-inch touchscreen, built-in controls, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a button and stick format just like an Xbox controller. I additionally actually just like the look of the gadget. It’s a bit smaller than Steam Deck, which needs to be good for folk who’ve smaller fingers.
However right here’s the issue: The worth. At present, you may pre-order the G Cloud at $300 which is fairly excessive contemplating that is principally a elaborate Android telephone with built-in controls, an even bigger battery, and no means to make telephone calls. It does have assist for the Google Play Retailer, so presumably, cell video games and apps will work on it. And being primarily based on Android, it is going to principally be moddable from day one. However nonetheless, $300 for that appears excessive.
And that’s only for now. As soon as it’s out on October 17, the value shoots as much as $350, aka the identical worth as a brand new Swap OLED and solely $50 lower than a 64GB Steam Deck. Now, it’s true that the Swap can’t stream all the Sport Cross library, however with some tinkering the Steam Deck really can, whereas additionally taking part in (most) of your Steam video games.
Once I first noticed the G Cloud on Twitter I used to be . A small gadget devoted to Android apps and Xbox Sport Cross cloud streaming might be good to have. However just for like…$200. On the present worth, I’d advocate of us purchase a brand new telephone, an exterior controller for his or her present telephone, or a Steam Deck as an alternative.