Microsoft Is Working On A Controller That Turns Smartphones Into Handheld Xbox, Patent Shows

Posted: Aug 11 2019, 2:40am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2019, 7:17am CDT, in Technology News

 

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Microsoft is working on a controller that turns smartphones into handheld Xbox
Render by Yanko Design

Patent applications revealed that the device could rival the Nintendo Switch in terms of design.

Microsoft is currently developing a new gaming device that will turn smartphones into handheld Xbox consoles, according to a patent filed by the tech giant in July, that was spotted by Digital Trends.

The patent application, filed Jul 9, is entitled “Charging Device for Removable Input Modules.” Photos in the patent document reveal a removable controller that can be hooked up with mobile devices. The photos also show the Xbox logo, along with other buttons that are present in the existing line of Xbox consoles.

Meanwhile, Digital Trends has also spotted renderings of the potential new gaming controller from Yanko Design.

Here’s how the controllers are predicted to look like, according to Yanko Design:

According to Yanko Design, the conceptual controllers are Microsoft’s challenger to the Google Stadia, the tech giant’s own cloud-based gaming service.

The prediction was supported by Digital Trends, which said that the Microsoft’s handheld Xbox controllers are forecast to focus on the company’s Project xCloud video game streaming service on mobile phones.

Microsoft unveiled Project xCloud in October 2018, as the company looks to make gaming more like music and movie streaming platforms.

“Project xCloud is about providing gamers — whether they prefer console or PC — new choices in when and where they play, while giving mobile-only players access to worlds, characters and immersive stories they haven’t been able to experience before,” Microsoft had said at the time.

Microsoft also noted last year that as part of the testing phase of Project xCloud, its developers will trial devices such as mobile phones and tablets and pair them up with an Xbox Wireless Controller.

In terms of appearance, Digital Trends said mock-ups of the planned detachable Xbox device appear to look like the Nintendo Switch.

Microsoft has yet to reveal details about the device, and we can only hope that the reported controller would soon address issues that are experienced by smartphone gamers.

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