It looks like Microsoft is currently developing and testing several prototype models of Xbox controllers for the mobile gaming ecosystem. And judging from the whitepaper of these prototypes, it looks like the company is on to something.
According to Windows Central, Microsoft had built the controllers out of foam to get a layout of the intended design. Before constructing them into working units via the use of a 3D printer. To be fair, Microsoft had first dabbled in the idea of a mobile controller back 2014. The project fell silent for a few years, before recently being kickstarted due to the rising popularity of mobile gaming, and of the Nintendo Switch.
Before you get your hopes up, one should understand Microsoft’s intention in creating such a new controller. One of the company’s primary objectives in creating a new mobile controller that will work with its upcoming “Project xCloud” that will stream “console quality” games directly to mobile devices. The other objective being a relatively obvious one; to offset the based control schemes that is associated with display-based controls.
As it stands, it’s highly unlikely that the controllers will be seeing the light of day anytime soon, and it’s even more unlikely that Microsoft will want to provide an official release date for the peripheral. At least, no until the device is ready. When it does, Microsoft is going to be up against some pretty stiff competition from the likes of the ASUS ROG Phone and Honor Play.
However, seeing how it’s aiming for the controller to be used mainly for game-streamed content, we don’t think it’d hurt the company’s chances to make the device compatible with Valve’s Steam Link app.
(Source: Windows Central)