Will Windows 10 finally be the ultimate entrance into the handheld gaming realm for Microsoft?
Now would be the best time do get in the game. W10 will be on phones, tablets, PCs, and on the Xbox One. A device similar to the Nvidia Shield Portable could be pretty great for Microsoft.
Yeah, Nvidia Shield is ace.
The people don't want mobile. Don't get in!
The Shield tablet is better, which is why a tablet is the route to go. Handhelds are over for everyone except Nintendo, who has 2 - 3 more gens tops.
Think Shield was a great device, they just aimed too high at a very small audience. Microsoft on the other hand has the infrastructure and money to make this happen in a heartbeat. I would actually be surprised if they dont corner their most lucrative market this time around.
Ive rocked my Shield Portable for about 2 years now. Unbelievable piece of kit. The Shield would be the pinnacle of handhelds for Microsoft to achieve.
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It would be a horrible idea, if anything Surface is all they need if they can get a cheaper version and market it right as an Xbox tablet with controls, just like Sony should do a PlayStation Tablet. It's bigger, can hold a better battery life, have a bigger and screen, and better tech. Handheld gaming for the core gamer is dead, outside of Nintendo. No dev wants to spend a AAA budget on a handheld game that at best sells 1m copies when they can make that game on console and sell 1m units per console. Leave it to Nintendo, and Sony and MS should simply make companion devices for their consoles that can stream games anywhere cross-play certain games. Dedicated handhelds are dead for the core. (Nintendo handhelds are core, but they have a stable of franchises that support it, as well as most of JP, and kid gamers). For everyone a smartphone or tablet is just as good. Making a dedicated handheld means splitting MS dev teams between 2 platforms and they already have the least amount of devs of the Big 3.
An Xbox tablet with controls is pretty much an Nvidia Shield Tablet. The Nvidia Shield portable also has a better battery life. I feel like you don't know what an Nivida Shield is. No dev has to spend money to develop exclusively for it. The idea is to be able to stream Xbox One and PC games to the device. On top of that, it can run emulators too. In a sense, it would be a companion to not only the Xbox One but also PC.
@TXIDarkAvenger I'm one of the most informed here. The Shield is NVIDIA 'sattempt at a handheld featuring Tegra 4, the tablet was the second device with Tegra K1, The Shield TV (their micro-console) features the X1. The reason the Shield had a better battery life is because it uses a much weaker processor (nearly 3x - 4x weaker for the GPU computations), has a lower resolution screen, a smaller screen, and has a dimmer screen. Which is exactly why I said they stick with a tablet interface, like Surface / Shield Tablet / PS Tablet, because it's something they already know how to make, and can offers much better performance due to it's form factor, and a much needed bigger screen for gaming. Literally taken from my post above: "Sony and MS should simply make companion devices for their consoles that can stream games anywhere cross-play certain games." The Vita is already the concept you're talking about, and it's failing, the shield as well. A tablet is an easy sell, because it's already known, a form factor consumers are use to, and has a bigger screen for gaming. But all that is for not as with the Vita if there aren't exclusive to support the system. It's what drives Nintendo's handhelds with games like Pokemon, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Yokai Watch, etc... Developing an exclusive for Vita on par with games like Uncharted Golden Abyss and Killzone, were nearly 1/3 the price of a full PS3 game and team (Straight from Sony), which is too much for devs to focus on with a game that at most will sell 1m copies. At this point mobile technology is up there with the PS360Wii U, and respectively speaking games that push that hardware will cost nearly as much as those retail games. And once again everything you mentioned Surface already does (PC streaming, and soon XBO streaming). So once again a cheaper, but still capable version of Surface with controls is the way to go, not a handheld. Leave that to Nintendo.
I get what you're saying but I'd personally want a portable over a tablet due to its size along with a controller attached to the screen. The Nvidia Shield portable is the same price as the starting price for Surface 3. If its possible to make a smaller device like Shield portable at a cheaper price, sounds like a product I'd be interested in. Again, I'm just speaking for myself. Might as well use my laptop over a tablet with better specs with the same portability.
They already have phones and tablets, and have already shown games running on Surface pro using Win10. So this article is pointless.
Someone who gets it. Everything this article and people in here are saying is already done on a Surface Pro (PC streaming, XBO streaming coming soon, and HDMI), educate yourselves people before speaking. There is no point in a handheld when MS's tablet already does all of this, simply make a entry level model of it, and rebrand it Xbox Tablet. Just like Sony needs to do to their handheld line if they want to continue with it.
they should resurrect the game gear since the original xbox felt like dreamcast 2
I have two of them :D I bought them off ebay with like 30 games for 10 bucks each. Boy oh boy do they eat batteries too. You need to be a wall hugger to use this device.
Why would they do this? They have Surface Pro, they have windows 10 phones...there is 100% no reason they should entertain handheld gaming specific devices at this point.
Microsoft doesn't even want to make phones... why would they make a handheld console? That said, yes they should.
Given their recent layoffs from last years acquisiton of Nokia I'm not sure where they will be taking their W10 platform on mobiles. The Surface is doing well but thats not priced at the general consumer. Lets also not forget their other mobile trainwreck that was the Zune. To be honest, I would love it if MS had an ace up its sleeve like being able to easily install W10 on Android devices. Pair a controller with a modern tablet and you have a pretty damned good mobile gaming platform. Just need a service like XBox to start bringing more console style games! I suppose since they have released Smartglass and Office apps on Android they might just release an XBox app for phones/tablets which gives access to the Xbox Store and Network....maybe?
nawh.. nintendo runs that space. . not even sony could compete with the 3DS, let a lone Microsoft ^_^. I like their focus on XO. No point producing another platform only to neglect it like Sony did to the Vita.
No , plain and simply put No. No need to even bother with that field besides Nintendo has that field Covered. if they do ,they need to makes sure the games they fund go nowhere ever.
Anybody remember how Zune, which was created by the Xbox division, tried to go head-on with iPod? Look how that turned out. I'm not surprised the outcome if that event persuaded the division not to enter the handheld arena. An Xbox handheld even with Win10 support would do even worse. Dedicated gaming handhelds nowadays sell their best in Japan and get most of their support from Japan.
They could if only they can make their windows phones appealing or at the very least competitive. Handheld gaming is dying out. We're in an age where 7yr olds have their own cell phones and tablets... 99 cent games are more popular and cell more than straightup handheld games (not all but most)...not to mention you can have 1 cellphone game and adapt it to different platforms across distributed to different cell phones around the world in a matter of seconds... Nintendo is well aware of that fact which is why they're jumping into the cellphone business as is sega... And before you jump in with the 3ds doing fine, yes it is BUT cell phone games are getting better as the technology gets better and they know that it's a matter of time when the 3ds (or anything after it) begins losing its marketshare.
What they could do is come up with a gaming accessory which turns Windows 10M devices into an NVIDIA Shield like device. But going fully handheld? Nope. I don't see the point. They already got Windows 10M
Xbox Phone: Yes Xbox Handheld: No
I'm for it and if it does good then nintendo will make a better handheld and so on!! Remember Competition drives innovation!! And I'm all for that!!
Microsoft making a handheld and supporting it properly would be nothing but awesome!
Rather they redoubled their efforts on Xbox mobile games. Microsoft actually has some pretty good mobile games. A dedicated portable makes zero sense.
no stay away , mobiles are were its at it would be a waste of money doing a handheld...
No. If you can't have decent enough sales in Japan don't bother. That where handheld gaming system gets the most support.
IMO Full Windows 10 gaming handhelds will be common within a decade and a superior choice because of the scalability and versatility (it's a PC!). EVERYTHING IS "CROSS-BUY" in a sense that you purchase, for example, an AAA Steam game, you can install that on the Handheld PC and on your Desktop Gaming PC.
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