Having a (relatively) small device that can play virtually any big game on it is a great idea and this is it what I love about Valve’s Steam Deck. But the Deck can be a little bulky, and the battery sometimes doesn’t last. Plus, it doesn’t work easily with Xbox Game Pass. So the idea of a new, smaller handheld dedicated to streaming Game Pass and Xbox titles sounds great! However, at $300, it seems overpriced in a world where the Steam Deck and Switch OLED exist for roughly the same price.
Announced today by Microsoft and Logitech, the new G Cloud portable gaming console is a small Android-powered device built around streaming video games. 10 years ago, this would have seemed like a strange idea. But today, you can stream virtually every game on most platforms with enough tweaking. The idea behind this new G Cloud device is to remove tweaks and tweaks and give gamers a simple, fast and easy way to stream all the great games on Game Pass.
First, the positives. The new Android device supports to get extended battery life, probably due to the fact that it only streams games and doesn’t run them natively. It has a solid 7-inch 1080p touchscreen, built-in controls, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a button-and-stick layout similar to an Xbox controller. I also really like the look of the device. It’s slightly smaller than the Steam Deck, which should be nice for those with smaller hands.
But here’s the problem: the price. You can currently pre-order G Cloud at $300 which is pretty big considering this is basically a fancy Android phone with built-in controls, a bigger battery and no ability to make phone calls. It has Google Play Store support, so games and mobile apps will probably work on it. And being based on Android, it will practically be modifiable from day one. But still, $300 for this seems like a lot.
And that’s just for now. Once it launches on October 17th, the price jumps to $350, which is the same price as a new OLED Switch and just $50 less than a 64GB Steam Deck. Now, it’s true that the Switch can’t stream the whole thing Game Pass Librarybut with some modifications, Steam Deck can even, while playing (most) of your Steam games.
When I first saw the G Cloud on Twitter, I was interested. A small device dedicated to Android apps and Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming might be nice to have. But only for about… $200. At the current price, I’d recommend people buy a new phone, an external controller for their current phone, or a Steam Deck.