A reader asks whether Microsoft should try and make its own equivalent to the Switch, or bring its games to Nintendo’s console.
They don't need to. Play anywhere or some iteration of the Xbox platform will expand to mobile the second it's viable (2-3 years is my guess).
I just expect one day Xbox controller will sync to Surfaces and use Xbox Play Anywhere.
They do exactly that right now haha
Agreed. Just look at the Xbox App (the beta app in particular) for Android (and iPhone I believe), where you can now enter into Party Chat, and where you get pretty close to the same experience as you get with the PC version of the App. With cell phones quickly approaching the processing power of the Xbox 360, it is conceivable that Microsoft could bring the Backwards Compatibility program to smart phones through an emulator, just like they do on Xbox One, and like they're talking about doing with PC. Being able to play Xbox 360 games and original Xbox games on an Android smart phone or an iPhone would be a major game changer.
I think you meant Windows Phone.
The iPhone 7 gpu is 246 gflops which already beats the Xbox 360s 240 gflops. The iPhone 10 is about as powerful as the switch.
@ MecheSlays Absolutely, that's what I mean, we are pretty much there with current technology. It will be interesting to see what kind of processing power smart phones will have 2 - 3 years from now.
Mobile games are crap and no where near what a true hand held could be. Handhelds are gaming devices with hardware fully dedicated to play games. Not to mention it wouldn't have buttons or joysticks , just a crappy touch screen format, not what people want.
Or you could pair a controller to your device.
Barely enough games to cover the console. They certainly don't need a handheld or hybrid as the power of the xbox1x is the only thing going for them...
After failing with Zune, Microsoft’s gaming division will never enter the portable market
How is an MP3 player related to a portable console? Makes as much sense as saying Sony's cell phone business is a reflection of PS Vita's potential for success.
How about Windows Mobile phones! Do they still exist? They would probably be a better example. (@mobile subject to typsos)
The point is Microsoft hasn’t done very with anything portable. Games console would be an even riskier venture than phones at this point.
Widows phones we're lit tho. Had a nice camera AND could save your life...bullet proof and all.
@ Razzer That may be your point, but not the point that Phoenix Up made. His point was to connect the failure of Zune to that of a portable game console. Your point makes more sense. TBH, I don't see much of a point in portable consoles at all considering everyone has portable phones, tablets and such. Hook up a BT controller and you're good for home console gaming on the go!
Microsoft’s Xbox division is the one that created the Zune Sony’s gaming subsidiary doesn’t make phones so that’s a horrible comparison
No, a horrible comparison is associating an MP3 player, with no game support, to a portable console...
Zune had games https://en.m.wikipedia.org/... Zune is the closest Microsoft will ever come to making a portable, especially since it was made by the Xbox division and could’ve transformed into a versatile gaming system like iPod, its main competitor, eventually turned into
Can’t see it happening. XBOX one still unable to outsell PS4. So what’s the point of entering portable market?
Why do they have to outsell the PS4 in order to be successful. Samsung isn't outselling Apple phones yet their still successful. The video game industry is the only industry where second place is last. Unless they're a Japanese company of course.
They’re* not their
@lennox. The console market is tiny in comparison to the mobile market. So whilst Apple might be the biggest brand, there is plenty of money to be made. The handheld gaming market is quite a small market, in comparison to the mobile one. And Nintendo have that market on lockdown. They would literally have to spend billions to make a good enough assault. Which is unlikely to happen when they can't dominate the console market after spending billions.
Wii U couldn't outsell the Xbox One but Nintendo has unstoppable success in the portable space. Switch shattered expectations of those that said it will flop like the Wii U.
@maximusprime_ because Sony has done it badly and it clearly works with the switch. If the Vita had have been supported by Sony other than having the very good Borderlands 2 and N-O-T-H-I-N-G else it would have left the 3DS in its wake. The fact of promise and no delivery really hurt Sony here. I dont think Xbox anywhere would have this issue if they chose to go down this path and I believe it could very well leave Sony in its wake and now have a portable market that Sony envy so much.
There already is. It's called the Surface tablet/book.
lol....that is NOT a portable Xbox.
The Surface book is more powerful than the base Xbox and it can detach from the keyboard and be a tablet. All that's left is to link your Xbox controller to it and you can play Xbox Play Anywhere games. How is it not a portable Xbox.
Yeah....cuz it is a PC! It will play everything from GOG to Steam or whatever. Tell me how that is Xbox.
They already did
No, they really didn’t
That's odd. I guess I played Xbox games in my mind and not in the car.
Your laptop is not an Xbox.
dedicated xbox portable system not laptop
After Sony attempted and failed with the PS Vita... I doubt MS would head into the handheld arena. There really isn't any need for them to bring one out.
A "Portable Xbox" would've actually be an intelligent business decision. That's exactly why Microsoft will never do it... : P'
Makes no sense for them to take that route. They have a better chance at making large sums of money by developing mobile games/apps
It would have been an intelligent business decision a gen ago. I'm not saying there's no market for dedicated handhelds now as the 3DS did well, and the Switch is doing well as a hybrid. The Vita is a highly underrated system that could have done better if Sony really tried with it (which they didn't). But, it is true that mobile devices have taken a large portion of that market, and if MS can't figure out the console market right now there's practically zero chance they could figure out the handheld market. Their current business model seems to favour PC and mobile devices anyways.
Isnt that what xbox gamepass could be? Esp if its an app that even switch users could pay for.
I WOULD LOVE THAT. Playing MCC, Forza horizon on the go 😍😍😍
Forza Horzion 3 can be played on a gaming laptop now at least.
They don't need one when you can grab a laptop and play your game.
That would require them making their own games, something they already have an issue with.
Its called a laptop
So there an Xbox Laptop? Specifically made by Microsoft?
Yes its called a surface. They are very popular.
@mwjw696 That not an Xbox. I am talking something specifically plays games not functions as a PC. KEYWORD - Xbox not Windows
"I am talking something specifically plays games not functions as a PC. " Itss called a laptop The magic of PC, you can do everything with it. Play Anywhere is key. Try it, its fun.
@VideoGameLab Bruh we are talking about a PORTABLE XBOX not Portable PC
Xbox laptops. lol....fiction can be fun.
Microsoft can't make enough games for 1 platform, let alone 2 platforms.
Laptops are not consoles. Seriously....some of you guys have lost it.
To cut to the chase, I'd say no, I don't think so. I think they'll have an app that allows you to bring an Xbox controller and play remotely, but I don't see them building an entire console for the sake of portability.
Who cares!? As much as I love PSP and PSVita they got creamed by Nintendo portable systems. Atari, SEGA, Neo Geo, NEC, Sony and countless others failed to beat Nintendo in that space. MS has much less of a chance than Sony. No point in MS even trying.
Actually, while the PSP didn't outsell the DS it still managed to top 80 million sales which is more than enough to be considered a success. The Vita could have been a success too, but Sony just didn't care enough about it to give it proper support, which is a real shame as it's a pretty well-designed system aside from the memory card format, which was a terrible decision on Sony's part. I love Japanese games so my Vita has gotten some use, but the 3DS is far more consumer friendly. I doubt MS even knows what consumer friendly is though, so you're probably right.
I know how much it sold and never said PSP failed but DS still creamed it in sales. 154 million to 80 and Vita got destroyed by a lesser machine. I love MY PSP and Vita but the fact remains Nintendo flattened them in sales.
...You mean like how you can stream Xbox One games to PC, Surface, and even Windows/Microsoft phones? With the newest version of Xbox One controllers supporting Bluetooth and drivers available on most any device? Play Anywhere expands on it even more. Buy for one device and continue where you were on another including Xbox achievements and features such as Game DVR. More are also supporting purchasing on one device then giving you the other copy free. This way seems much better as developers don't have to tone down their titles to handheld specifications, titles that aren't possible in a handheld environment are still capable of coming and playable in multiple places, even away from home, and features that Switch doesn't have still exists in a usable form via numerous devices. Frankly it seems like Nintendo needs to take a page from Microsoft in this one. Instead of treating each device as an extra finger with a different function Microsoft is treating their devices like a full hand, interconnected but versatile for many functions while staying rooted to Microsoft.
Zune one x
Microsoft has no idea how to market any portable consumer electronics. It would go the way of Zune and the Windows Phones.
i like that concept they made years ago with 360 portable how it still look like the controller with a screen. i would like to see xbox one as well if they do or dont
WHY not just make a portable xbox that plays all your digital games just in a lower resolution mode no games just for the system but just allows you to play all your xbox games on the go. I would for sure pay for that
somethig like game pass would be great for a mobile system
I would love to be able to play sunset overdrive and ori on the go.
With Ori, you actually can. I play Ori on my Surface Pro away from home all the time. It's perfect for on the go sessions.
I just got a Surface Pro a few weeks ago. So what controls do you use for Ori? Gamepad?
Yes, gamepad. I travel with my Surface Pro almost everywhere in a Case Crown vertical messenger...an Xbox One controller is always packed in that messenger in a protective case. I've gamed in coffee shops, on the train, at work, at families house etc. Some games like Fallout Shelter, Riptide Renegade 2, Minecraft, Romancing Saga 2 (all Xbox Play Anywhere) also have touch/pen, and keyboard and mouse controls as well.
Don't you think it's time Microsoft stop focusing on new hardware and start investing their money on new exclusive games and Ip's
It's debatable whether there will be too many more Xboxes period, so probably not unless you count the future of Windows phones. A true, dedicated, Xbox handheld probably isn't in the cards.
I think they should worry about getting non-portable consoles right first.
What’s the problem there? /s