Microsoft reveals prototype Xbox controllers for mobile devices

Offering console quality controllers on mobile devices.

Microsoft reveals prototype Xbox controllers for mobile devices

Microsoft reveals prototype Xbox controllers for mobile devices

Earlier this month Microsoft revealed Project xCloud, an Xbox One streaming service which is designed to bring Xbox quality graphics to low-power devices through the powers of cloud gaming. 

While we know that game streaming can be effective, Microsoft knows that the Xbox gaming experience doesn't end with what is shown on-screen. Controls have been an important factor for gamers since the dawn of the industry, forcing Xbox to invest in a new gamepad design that can be used with both home consoles and mobile devices.   

While Microsoft has experimented with touch-based mobile interfaces, we all know that a touchscreen emulation cannot compete with a real gamepad spawning Microsoft's "Versatile" controller. A paper detailing Microsoft's research efforts is available to read here. This controller concept may prove to be vital for Microsoft, as they continue to push cloud gaming in the future. 

In their paper, Microsoft mentions Nintendo's Switch console, noting how potent the combination of "mobile gaming with physical controls" can be, a factor which has prevented gaming smartphones from reaching their fullest potential.  

Microsoft reveals prototype Xbox controllers for mobile devices  
While this concept is far from becoming a retail product, it gives us a look inside a company that sees the future of gaming outside of the traditional console ecosystem, though such a future will no doubt require significant investment in other areas low-latency server technology and improved broadband infrastructure. 

Do you see the future of gaming in the cloud? You can join the discussion on Microsoft's prototype Xbox One mobile controllers on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

29-10-2018, 18:24:53

Just... No please not that. That's just a face only a mother could loveQuote

29-10-2018, 18:44:38

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Just... No please not that. That's just a face only a mother could love
^ I agree with this. NOW on that note: If they could simply make it look like the normal Xbox One controller and allow us to split it apart like they show and allow the "handles" (the parts you hold with your palms ontop....idk how to explain it right) could be tilted as they show but also pushed back into a slot like the normal Xbox One controller I think that would be ideal.

Sorry if it is poorly explained, I have an idea in my head and it makes sense but of course everything in my head makes sense at the time haha.... even if it never works right :PQuote

30-10-2018, 06:23:34

FINALLY!!! Although I agree that it looks a little weird, I'm happy that a proper manufacturer is finally bringing such things. While I tend to rather only play Candy Crush and Dokkan Battle on my phone, I had some fun times in PUBG as well.Quote

30-10-2018, 10:08:45

If it works well i dont care what it looks like.Quote

31-10-2018, 11:01:33

Bring the angle of the grips in a little tighter and remove a good portion of that gap between the two halves when connected and this would be a great product. Size wise it doesn't look far of a PlayStation controller. Not sure about the shoulder buttons positions thoughQuote

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