Microsoft smartphone adapter patent shows Switch style controllers
Streaming service Project xCloud may be getting its own hardware add-on, as a patent reveals plans for a smartphone controller.
Ever since Microsoft entered the video games business fans have been wondering whether they’ll ever make a portable console and now it looks like they might… sort of.
The patent that’s been discovered is for the charger, rather than the controller itself, which suggests Microsoft has been trying to keep the actual device a secret.
How it seems to work is that two Joy-Con-esque controllers latch onto either side of your smartphone, when held horizontally, allowing games to be controlled much like a Nintendo Switch.
Project xCloud promises to allow you to play any Xbox game on any device but that doesn’t really work on a smartphone if it only has touchscreen controls.
Up till now Microsoft has been demoing the streaming service by using a normal Xbox controller with a little stand plugged in at the top to attach the smartphone.
That worked fine in the demo we played at E3 but it’s not very portable and this patent seems to describe something a lot easier to carry around with you.
The concept seems to make perfect sense, so much so that product design website Yanko Design has created a neat little 3D model of what they think the final product might look like.
Project xCloud is scheduled to start public testing this year, although when and how has not yet been announced.
It’s quite possible that that information may be revealed at the Gamescom event in Germany next week though.
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