Xbox Reportedly Exploring Handheld Options for Cloud Gaming

When the original Xbox was released, a lot of fans were wondering if Microsoft would ever enter the handheld market. The GameBoy Advance was a huge hit at the time and Sony was preparing to enter the space with the mega popular PSP after all, so many wondered when Xbox would fallow suite. They admitted as much, too, with a lot of research and development going into what many have dubbed the “X-boy” over time.

Snapdragon GX3 G1 Handheld

After twenty years and many technological advancements later, it seems Xbox will in fact be going portable in one way or another. In a recent report from Windows Central, they mention the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x G1 Handheld Developer Kit, which is a handheld device similar to the Steam Deck or a more powerful Nintendo Switch for Android gamers. This could be a cheaper solution for Microsoft, but the outlet also mentions that they have been dabbling in their own hardware specifically to perform well with their Cloud Gaming service.

“We have been hearing for a while at Windows Central that Microsoft has been dabbling with Xbox handheld prototypes for some time now, although something like this Qualcomm platform may be the family of technologies Microsoft needs to really give it serious consideration.”

Windows Central

My Take

I would absolutely love an Xbox handheld device, but I would want it to be more in line with the Steam Deck than just a device that uses the Cloud service. There is clearly a market for portable gaming and if they wanted to make just a cloud device, I personally don’t think it would be worth it. Give us a dedicated handheld even if it is comparable in price to the Steam Deck. Cloud gaming can be an option but don’t make it the primary.

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SourceWindows Central

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