New Xbox Mobile Device Revealed Via Microsoft Patent
Microsoft has recently filed for a patent that appears to be a for a device that turns smartphones into handheld gaming controllers. Filed last month, the patent in question isn’t actually for the device itself, but for a charging device for “removable input modules.” According to Digital Trends, there aren’t any specific references, however the buttons seen on the accompanying sketches look very similar to those found on a normal Xbox controller, and it includes features such as a headphone jack, built-in speakers, and support for wireless headphones.
The device – which will apparently be available in multiple colors – would be two halves of a controller, both of which are designed to be clipped around a user’s smartphone to create a handheld gaming device, not unlike what Nintendo does with the Switch. This device, however, will seemingly only be used for Project xCloud games.
Seen above are designs from Sarang Sheth, which are based on the patents in question. “Based on patented designs, these conceptual Xbox Cloud controllers give us an idea of what the real thing would feel like,” Sheth said. “Designed for immersive landscape gaming, the controllers come with two flippers that hold your phone gently but securely from the sides, while memory-foam pads make sure they don’t press any buttons. These side flippers are ideal for phones with no bezel, because this makes sure the controllers don’t overlap the screen from the left or right. Both halves of the controllers connect to your phone via Wi-Fi to deliver a seamless gaming experience that’s absolutely lag-free.” It is still anyone’s guess as to when we’ll see an official reveal for the Xbox mobile device, though it is possible that we’ll be seeing some sort of hint or tease at Gamescom, which is only a week away.
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