Microsoft Working On X-Box Like Game Controllers for Mobile Devices

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Gaming is now a force to reckon with in the Tech World. It is now a very important aspect even as some people have found it as source of income and living. It has gotten to the level that new gaming smartphones come with hardware controls – either on board or as accessories – most handsets out still depends on touch and motion. Those are good for casual games, but Microsoft wants to top up their game with the help of Xbox-like controllers which can make these games good core games.

Xbox-like controllers

This is just an experiment for now, but the vision of the team is for Switch-like flexibility. They control themselves – analog sticks plus a D-pad or a handful of buttons on each side – are relatively small and they attach to the side of the device (be it phone or tablet).

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Additional slide-in grips can be used for improved ergonomics. Alternatively, the controller halves can be joined together (attaching to the charging dock) for a more traditional controller experience. Using just one half could replace dedicated VR motion controllers.

Xbox-like controllers

In another news, the latest update for the Xbox One Preview Beta Ring (1811) is rolling out with support for using a keyboard and mouse to play. This is currently limited to Warframe and going forward will be enabled on a game-by-game basis. So, it’s up to developers whether they want it or not (though it might be a good idea if cross-play catches on).

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