Now that the Steam Deck and Switch OLED are leading a resurgence of handheld gaming devices, Xbox should launch its own entry into the market.
No, they should not, they have zero need to, their solution to the handheld market is Xcloud. "While xCloud famously allows players to use its service on basically every gaming platform, there is a big catch. Users need to either have an internet or cellular connection. In other words, "play anywhere" means "play anywhere someone is connected." Lmao, what do you think the steam deck is using? CDROM?
Somebody hasn’t been paying attention to what Microsoft say or do. The division’s goal is to develop a market leading cloud gaming subscription service that requires no upfront purchase and is ubiquitous like Netflix, ie available on almost every third party computing device.
Well there's no significant gaming handheld that supports GamePass streaming yet. Steamdeck would be the first IF it's successful. I think a cheap Xbox streaming handheld has more chance to succeed than the Steamdeck.
Exactly, the exact explanation of why THEY do not need a dedicated device. You just literally confirmed what i said......
Steam deck runs the games natively.
Good luck with that 64GB of local storage buddy....... can not even fit COD on.... https://www.polygon.com/225... "Doom Eternal and Death Stranding wouldn’t fit on the entry-level Steam Deck, due to their size. Each requires 80 GB of storage, according to their Steam pages." People should really research first...
"Steam deck runs the games natively." But the majority will stream, due to the size of the local storage, in which case the article attempting to bash Xcloud for having to be "online", needs to realise, and explain, that most users of the steam deck, will stream the games rather than shelling out $700, something they fail to do. https://www.earlygame.com/g... If people opt for the entry level deck, then they will be online, and streaming the big games, that was my entire point, skipped over by the masses.
It supports SD cards. Same as the Switch...
An internal drive??? It shouldnt be that hard to make out the difference between streaming a game and downloading a game…
Your right, so why does the article basically insinuate that the steam deck will always be offline? when the reality is it will most probably be connected, due to the userbase streaming as opposed to playing natively? To fit 4 or 5 games on the device you need to shell out $649 for 512GB of storage.
If Xcloud is their solution, they should probably work on making it not complete trash.
Never said it was great, simply said Xbox will not make a dedicated handheld, they will let others do the hardware, and they will put xcloud/gamepass on it, come on guys it is not that hard to figure out. The article is saying Xbox needs to make a handheld device, the reality is, no they do not.
Yeah Xcloud isn't really a viable mobile service for another 5-10 years. And it's still probably not the preferred way to play at that point, due to multitasking, performance and connectivity issues, etc. Devices like Steam Deck can feasibly become the market and mind share leaders of AAA mobile gaming in that time frame. Devices that allow you to download games will always have an edge over services like xcloud.
They don't need to. You can play GamePass and Xbox games through the MS store on SteamDeck.
I’m sure Microsoft knew about this and have some type of deal with steam. But who knows
This, there is literally no reason for Microsoft to make a competing product, especially when Steam Deck has all it's games and more, Microsoft making a handheld would be them sending it out to die.
No thanks, The X-Deck wouldn't be an open system guaranteed.
There's good reasons why closed systems are so successful, they have their benefits. console games usually perform a lot better than comparable PC builds for example.
If Microsoft just came out and said "Okay, we admit it, The Xbox series X is just a computer and issued a firmware update that allowed you to install windows (11 for best results?) on it and still run Xbox games off it as normal, then what's the difference? The Steam Deck is pre-installed with Steam OS for best results but it has the option to install whatever a PC can handle. That's the difference, we're given options instead having us jerked around inside a walled garden when in reality, the Xbox really is just a fancy computer. This also only applies to Microsoft and not Sony or or Nintendo because Xbox games are also designed to be playable with PC. Sony games are only designed for the Playstation. They COULD design it for the PC as well but they're not tied with Windows in any way, they don't have an edict that forces them to also design it with PC in mind, same goes for Nintendo to an even greater degree.
"This also only applies to Microsoft and not Sony or or Nintendo because Xbox games are also designed to be playable with PC. Sony games are only designed for the Playstation." Do you have any idea how stupid you sound?
MS is probably looking at the deck closely. If it's successful and spawns other products not only will linux be more mainstream but MS will release a windows optimized for portable PCs and make money off em no problem. Remember PCs aren't MS but they reign supreme in that market
SteamDeck will run windows, Xcloud, and GamePass... No reason for them to make the hardware.
To be fair, while it is possible to install windows on it, the moment you start adding more and more steps like this one between the consumer and a service the less likely it is to become more mainstream. I could see them looking into the idea of having gamepass natively on steamOS if the deck starts selling well
If Microsoft were to have done a handheld they would have done it by now after the failure of Zune and the downfall of Windows Phones as a platform which I still have my Windows Phone. I doubt Microsoft is going to leap off that cliff with making a hand held console. Only thing that would come close to being a hand held for Microsoft is their Surface tablets full on hand held console I just don't see them doing it. They didn't even jump on the VR train to compete with Sony when Sony popped out their VR headset for the PS4.
Pretty sure XCloud is the portablity route they chose. And everything is seamlessly cross save too, so it is really unnecessary for a proprietary handheld/hybrid.
I think an Xbox Handheld would only work if it runs Windows and can play regular PC games like the Steamdeck can. Developers do not want to have to optimize for ANOTHER SKU that's significantly weaker than the Series S and knowing Xbox they wouldn't want to put something on the market that would have inconsistent performance or can't run certain games. But I'm sure an Xbox handheld has more mass appeal than a Steamdeck though so I still think they should do it maybe a handheld with a slimmed down Xbox OS that's only meant for streaming and some entertainment apps would be better. Give it a 7 or 8 inch screen , 5G and a Wifi6 chip and it's good to go. It would be significantly cheaper than the Steamdeck and have longer battery life than the Switch. I would get one alongside the Steamdeck
when sony does, its going to shake the gaming industry to its core i hope phil isn't a sleep at the wheel
Mmm PSP? PS Vita? ….
What is a PlayStation Vita?
I don't think Sony will ever make another handheld, they made two attempts and failed both times for various reasons, I don't think they want to compete with Nintendo again, or even Steam in that space, and as a PSP/Vita owner, I don't think I want them to. I'd rather just get the Steam Deck over another Sony handheld, same for a Microsoft handheld, I'd still buy the Nintendo one for the exclusives though.
You mean their cloud service?
Nah, market saturation
Why would they invest in hardware when there are already 1 billion phones out there with high res screens and internet. With things like the Razer Kishi and similar there is almost zero need to build any new mobile hardware. No they need to focus on getting Xcloud out there and partnering with mobile providers. The Steam deck is cool but it's not something I'd want to have all the time...meanwhile phones on people 100% of the time. A Kishi weighs like 4 ounces.
"The Steam deck is cool but it's not something I'd want to have all the time" Nintendo Switch says hi. With over 84.59 million sales I guess gamers do want to have it all the time just like phones
As a hardcore PC gamer, when you shop for mouse, what do you think the first spec is? lag and mouse response. This 2021 and still that's what this about so you think gamepass won't have any lag? Not to mention Microsoft hate open source. They barely even care about LINUX
I used to really want an XBox portable when Halo, Fable, Forza, and Gears were at the top of their game. Yea, it would be scaled down, but the co-op potential back then would have been so good. If they provided competition to the Steam Deck with an XBox Portable then that would be very interesting. The issue I have is Steam Deck has a much bigger library and can run Windows. It's open source, and no online subscriptions. An XBox portable would have to run Windows for me, or have a severe spec upgrade for me to consider it. GamePass can be used on the Steam Deck if you install Windows, which is free at this point. But, they do have the ability to allow the Windows Store to run on Linux if they developed that support.
Microsoft already slots into the Steam Deck's ecosystem, those who want can install Windows and Game Pass on it, effectively making it an Xbox Handheld, those who just want to use the Base OS will of course use Steam, which Microsoft already sells titles on (Want a handheld Halo Collection? Well If you have Master Chief collection on Steam now then you'll get it on Steam Deck day one). Microsoft is increasingly becoming a games publisher more so than a hardware manufacturer, there's no reason to make a handheld that frankly wouldn't differ from the Steam Deck at all other than the base OS and default store front.
LOL! Imagine that.
No. Actually they should stop producing hardware all together and make stream boxes.
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