Microsoft has plans to show smartphones into handheld Xbox consoles.
Microsoft filed a patent for a “charging device for removable input modules” final month, Digital Trends reported. The patent doesn’t explicitly point out the time period “Xbox,” however the illustrations included therein had some “X” logos much like those discovered on Xbox consoles and controllers. The drawings additionally function buttons and symbols resembling these on Xbox recreation controllers.
Whereas the patent particularly mentions that it’s for a charging system, the charging system itself is designed to be used for “a number of enter modules for a contact display system.” Merely put, Microsoft plans to work on units that may present contact display units like smartphones with enter controls — maybe the identical approach Nintendo’s Pleasure-Cons work with the Change.
Other than offering enter controls, the controllers also can function built-in audio system, headphone jacks, or assist for wi-fi headphones.
A designer tried to create mock up pictures based mostly on Microsoft’s patent, and what she created revealed what seems to be the primary viable Change challenger.
The mockups, seen by way of Yanko Design, confirmed two Xbox-labeled controllers that may be hooked up to a smartphone. The controllers function conventional XYAB buttons, a directional pad, two joysticks, a menu button, a view button, two left triggers and two proper triggers.
The controllers additionally function telephone grip flippers used to carry on to hooked up smartphones, charging pins that shall be used with the charging system the patent described, some openings for built-in stereo audio system and a 3.5mm headphone port.
The mockups are available in three completely different colorways, all of them wanting much like how Microsoft’s Xbox console appears to be like like: there’s a black, white and silver choice paying homage to the Xbox Elite controller; a black and white coloration scheme; and a standard Xbox white, grey and inexperienced coloration mixture.
Whereas the mockups seem like they have been designed to go toe-to-toe with the Change, they aren’t; Microsoft plans to make use of the controllers to deliver its recreation streaming platform, Venture xCloud, to as many individuals as doable.
The International Business Times beforehand reported that xCloud will enable gamers to play hundreds of Xbox titles wherever they’re. Titles embody greater than 3,500 current titles belonging to the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Titles which can be being developed for the Xbox One will also be performed on the platform.