Having a (comparatively) small machine that may play principally any massive sport on it’s a cool concept, and that is what I really like about Valve’s Steam Deck. But the Deck generally is a bit cumbersome, and its battery simply would not final typically. Plus it would not work simply with Xbox Game Pass. So the concept of a brand new, smaller handheld devoted to streaming Game Pass and Xbox titles sounds nice! However, at $300, it appears too costly in a world the place the Steam Deck and Switch OLED exist at across the similar value level.
Announced right now by Microsoft and Logitech, the brand new G Cloud handheld gaming console is a small Android-powered machine constructed round streaming video video games. 10 years in the past this might have appeared like a bizarre concept. But right now, you’ll be able to stream virtually each sport throughout most platforms with sufficient tinkering. The concept behind this new G Cloud machine is to chop out the tinkering and modding and supply gamers with a easy, quick, and light-weight option to stream all the nice video games on Game Pass.
First, the positives. The new Android machine claims to have an prolonged battery life, in all probability due to the truth that it’s only streaming video games and never working them natively. It boasts a stable 1080p 7-inch touchscreen, built-in controls, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a button and stick structure much like an Xbox controller. I additionally actually just like the look of the machine. It’s a bit smaller than Steam Deck, which ought to be good for individuals who have smaller palms.
But here is the issue: The value. Currently, you’ll be able to pre-order the G Cloud at $300 which is fairly excessive contemplating that is principally a flowery Android telephone with built-in controls, a much bigger battery, and no capability to make telephone calls. It does have assist for the Google Play Store, so presumably, cell video games and apps will work on it. And being based mostly on Android, it is going to principally be moddable from day one. But nonetheless, $300 for that appears excessive.
And that is only for now. Once it is out on October 17, the worth shoots as much as $350, aka the identical value as a brand new Switch OLED and solely $50 lower than a 64GB Steam Deck. Now, it is true that the Switch cannot stream your complete Game Pass libraryhowever with some tinkering the Steam Deck truly can, whereas additionally taking part in (most) of your Steam video games.
When I first noticed the G Cloud on Twitter I used to be . A small machine devoted to Android apps and Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming could possibly be good to have. But just for like…$200. At the present value, I’d suggest of us purchase a brand new telephone, an exterior controller for his or her present telephone, or a Steam Deck as an alternative.