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xScreen Turns Xbox Series S into a Laptop-Like Portable, and Was Crowdfunded in 20 Minutes

IGN : Turn your Xbox Series S into a laptop-like device with the xScreen, which allows you to play Xbox games on the go – and it hit its Kickstarter goal in 20 minutes.

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lelo2play69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

I always thought a portable Xbox Series S with a 1080p screen, similar to the Switch, would be a good idea.
Xbox Series S is still to big for portable, but Microsoft should consider expanding this idea... There are a lot of people interested in a portable Xbox, already with a vast library of games and Gamepass.

demonseye69d ago

yes, let's make an even worse version of the S where we have to downscale to. why not make one the size of a Gameboy color.
let's be real for a sec people buy an Xbox or PlayStation to be able to play games that push the limits in the gaming world. the second you wanna go to something portable you get into The Nintendo zone. and you won't be able to compete. also, it will just be in the way of progress. because making games being able to run decently on a slow HDD/SSD is just a hinder for a more capable machine. and the list goes on. also why I think the XBOX series S was not the best idea. but I guess XBOX doesn't have any true exclusives anyway so it doesn't matter.

phoenixwing69d ago

"let's make an even worse version of the S where we have to downscale to." they already did it's called a switch and it sells really well. Someone needs to give Nintendo a kick in the butt when it comes to portable market because right now they have no competition so I welcome them to try since Sony bowed out.

OptimusDK69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

I think you dont get the whole picture. We are seeing extreme good results from the S which is a very capabable machine especially as a 1080 og 1440 with min. of 60FPS - 120FPS. How is that Nintendo OLED 720P doing for you...

I think they have a niche that is interesting and hitting the Switch where it is not delivering - in the docked mode it is a joke what they can deliver. Pair that with GAME PASS and you have a really good deal.
And if you want to go into details i am sure we have not even touched the posibilites with the S and the future with Microsoft Machine Learing ML upscaling like DLSS that they are working on, and where the S and X have particular hardware to support that. You also have VRS TIER2 that is HW suported but not in games yet.

That will make the S shine like nothing else in the current space.

DJStotty69d ago

Ok, just a few points :-

"let's be real for a sec people buy an Xbox or PlayStation to be able to play games that push the limits in the gaming world."

Gamers will not be buying the Series S to "push the limits of the gaming world" that is what the X is for.

"also, it will just be in the way of progress. because making games being able to run decently on a slow HDD/SSD is just a hinder for a more capable machine."

The Series S, Series X, and PS5 do not have a HDD, so not sure why the inclusion here, also all this is is a replacement for your TV, not affecting the console whatsoever?

"but I guess XBOX doesn't have any true exclusives anyway so it doesn't matter."

Ahhhh, that old chestnut resurfaces again, so, so original.

demonseye69d ago

@djstotty I didn't say anything bad about the screen attachment of the Series S I was talking about making a smaller portable version of the XBOX. making a gadget that adds functionality to an existing machine is nothing to say about really. will be useful for the people that travel a lot I guess.

wich if you will make it smaller it eventually won't fit an SSD with decent storage although the technology is making big steps again recently.

wasn't trashing the story just the comment I replied to.

and I'll stop saying stuff about Xbox exclusives if they stopped calling them exclusives.

some people made a fair point I guess if cloud will work good and you can get it running on 5G that would deffintly be very impressive

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DJStotty68d ago

@demonseye

" I didn't say anything bad about the screen attachment of the Series S I was talking about making a smaller portable version of the XBOX."

They already have made a portable Xbox, it is my phone, your phone, any tablet, and it is called Xcloud, no native hardware needed, soon to be available on TV's also.

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Vits69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

I don't see that happening because of the pricing issue with a portable device that can run Xbox games natively. Even if Microsoft sold it at a loss. I can't see it going for less than what the Series X retails for and at the price point the market would just not be there.

However one thing that they could and should do is a Xbox GamePass Cloud based system. It wouldn't need to be much powerful as long as it offer support to Wi-fi 5Ghz and maybe a version with 5G support as well. The first model could retail for less than a Switch Lite while the 5G version would nest in the same price range as the Nintendo portable.

With dedicated controllers built in and a good 16:9 screen it would provide a much better experience than what a Phone can do right now. While also lowering the barrier to entry the Xbox ecosystem.

DJStotty69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

"However one thing that they could and should do is a Xbox GamePass Cloud based system."

They already do don't they? Xcloud can be accessed via phones, tablets, PC's, Xbox One's, and is included with Gamepass Ultimate, with some games exclusive to the cloud.

Vits69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

@OptimusDK

Sorry, I don't get your point. Switch OLED is current the most expensive handheld from a big company going for $349. However a portable Xbox Series would probably retail for at least the same price as the Series X that have a MSRP of $500. While likely being weaker than a Series S because of the thermal and power constraints of the format.

And that is me still lowballing it as the final price would likely be even higher when we take into account the extra hardware that it would need. So I don't really see a big market for that class of device. If anything it would be just a little better positioned than Handheld PCs and those already cater for a very niche market.

@DJStotty

As expressed latter on the same post. I mean a dedicated device built around the Xbox GamePass Cloud.

"With dedicated controllers built in and a good 16:9 screen it would provide a much better experience than what a Phone can do right now."

Think a modern take of the Xperia Play but focused on Cloud gaming with a low end hardware to allow it to be cheap.

lelo2play69d ago

Xbox Series S is 300€.

A 400€ Xbox Series S portable with a 1080p OLED screen is doable.

DJStotty68d ago (Edited 68d ago )

@Vits

There is no need to release a dedicated handheld, all they need is Xcloud as it can run on anything.

Why waste R&D, on developing a handheld, just for Xcloud? There is a reason why Xbox has never attempted the handheld market.

Vits68d ago

@DJStotty

Because it's an extremely cheap way to allow people to enter the Xbox ecosystem while offering a better experience than what they would get on a non-dedicated system. It is a very simple concept really.

Sure they shouldn't stop what they are currently doing in making it compatibile with anything under the sun. However a truly dedicated machine for it would make the whole experience much better while being a cheap point of entry for those interested in the Xbox Ecosystem.

DJStotty66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

@Vits

"Because it's an extremely cheap way to allow people to enter the Xbox ecosystem while offering a better experience than what they would get on a non-dedicated system. It is a very simple concept really."

Ok, how would "dedicated hardware" for Xcloud, be cheaper or better, than me running it on my tablet, PC or Xbox One?

Currently a mobile can run gamepass xcloud games @ 120fps via the cloud, using the upgraded server blades, so i ask, what price point of a dedicated handheld are we looking at that can offer better performance than 1080p-4K @ 120fps?

You do realise cloud technology does not depend on Native hardware specs right?

No chance on earth it can be offered as a "cheap entry"

Due to Xcloud being able to run on nearly every device at exactly the same performance (connection depending) without relying on the specs of the Native hardware, i stand by my statement that a dedicated device, just for Xcloud, is not only pointless, but a waste of money.

"Hey, get this new handheld to play xcloud natively!!"

"What's the difference between that and my phone???"

"Nothing"

"Nah thanks"

And to solve your dedicated controller issue for mobiles

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ga...

Vits65d ago

@DJStotty

Ok, how would "dedicated hardware" for Xcloud, be cheaper or better, than me running it on my tablet, PC or Xbox One?

Being cheaper is actually a pretty easy task. The current cheapest mobile phone with support for 5G is going $250. By making a dedicated hardware for XCloud Microsoft can cut all the things that are useless for cloud gaming, for example camera modules, big storage space, huge amounts of ran, etc. Making it possible to go much cheaper. It's going to be cheaper than what you already have? No, but that was a dumb question to begin with.

As for being better than a the other devices. It will not be better than a PC or a Xbox One because that is not the point. It will however offer you a better experience than the one you can get on your phone or other handheld device. Why?

Integrated controls already make a huge difference. Mobile controllers do help a lot of gaming but the one that you linked don't even offer analog triggers and it's already $70. The other huge factor is the screen aspect ratio. Where a 16:9 would just play better with Xbox titles than the current caos that we have on mobile phones.

Now if you are not interested in something like that. That is perfectly fine. Other people - myself included - however are.

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Vits69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

If by that you mean literally taking the current Series S and just slapping a 1080p screen on top of it. Just like this kickstarter is promising to do. Then yes it's doable to make a $400 "portable" Xbox Series S as long as they mass produce the screen.

However to make a Xbox in the style of a Switch. In other words a truly portable console. Then having a $400 as MSRP is utterly impossible. The 100 W TDP of the Series S already make it impracticable to port it's internals over to a handheld format. Meaning that a completely new device would need to be developed from the ground with portable gaming in mind for it to work. And the tech is not here to make that actually cheap while maintaining compatibility with the current Xbox Series games.

masterfox69d ago

must be a very old 90s laptop look alike :D

NeoGamer23269d ago

This is certainly a lot better then lugging around a Gamez case. Don't really care how it looks it is highly practical for someone like me that travels a lot.

Father__Merrin69d ago

What a horrid idea how on earth can you take a series s on the go lol

Locutus_of_borg69d ago

if the intention was to take it on a bus journey or a train journey i agree, its too big to lug around all day, but if its an over night stop somewere or a gaming session at a friends house then i think the clip on screen is quite a good idea, i can visit my parents and instead of watching gardening programmes on tv i could have a blast on my xbox

darthv7269d ago

the same way people took PS One and PS2 on the go. Hell even the gamecube and og xbox received travel screens. There is even a dreamcast with a travel screen built in. It is called the treamcast. Wherever there is a power outlet... you can play it.

TheColbertinator69d ago

Same reason we use gaming laptops, the Switch and the Nvidia Tegra : Because we can.

DJStotty68d ago

"What a horrid idea how on earth can you take a series s on the go lol"

The same way you can take a laptop on the go, a bag.

Father__Merrin68d ago

I don't know if you've owned a series s I have to carry around it's quite bulky

DJStotty66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

It is only 6.5cm wide, at a weight of 2kg, a laptop bag has a main compartment around 5cm, so an extra 1-2cm on top of a standard 15.6 inch laptop bag

Bulky lmao

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spdarksky69d ago

I think the designer need to go back to the drawing board before release and think about the long term reliabilities especially the screen. Because the exhaust of the XSS directly pointing out to the screen, i can already see that the screen will suffer from burn-in because of the heat from the exhaust when closed. Even after switched off the heat is still there, thus may require users to wait for cooldown before closing the lid down. Maybe they need to make an LED or temperature indicator to tell users when is the time to safely close the lid. Just my opinion.