Sony’s tried it. Nintendo’s tried it. Sega has tried it. Some of them have succeeded, while others have failed miserably. Rumours are spreading quickly that we’ll soon have our hands on a new hand-held Xbox device, courtesy of Microsoft. But did anybody really ask for this?
According to rumours, Microsoft submitted a patent on 9 July for a new hand-held Xbox device that attaches to an existing touchscreen, like a smartphone or a tablet.
Sarang Sheth, editor of Yanko Design, has taken the opportunity to create 3D renders based on those patent applications. He’s also given the device a nickname; The Xbox Cloud.
As you can see, not unlike the Nintendo Switch, the patent shows two controllers that attach on either side of the device to allow you to play games, and charge the device. The shape of the clip-on controllers allows for the screen to be left completely clear, without fingers getting in the way.
At this point, however, it remains unclear whether or not the device will play mobile games or whether it is aimed at current Xbox users, as a portable device that links to the Xbox One console.
Will we ever see this hand-held Xbox device released? We don’t know. With Sony stopping PS Vita sales, it might be unlikely. Then again, the Switch has done amazing things for Nintendo. As of 31 December 2018, more than 32 million Switch devices had been sold across the globe.
And even though nobody asked for it, it does look super slick.