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Microsoft Once Had Plans For A Handheld Xbox Device

The handheld market is a tricky one as there are equal chances for a handled to fail as that of success. With the success of Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has proved that there is still a market for handheld and Microsoft has opened up about its plans for a handheld Xbox device.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Xbox head, Phil Spencer, revealed that Microsft had plans for a Xbox handheld device which could also stream games from an Xbox at home.

Well, let me say that the amount of times we’ve designed, roughly designed, an Xbox handheld, or a cheap Xbox kind of stick that you could plug in and stream from an Xbox in the home, or play low-powered games… we are always thinking and brainstorming on different scenarios of where the console could go. Or where the gaming experience, I guess, more specifically, could go. In terms of where consoles will go, I still believe in the power of a television in the home.

He then praised Nintendo for its innovation with Nintendo Switch, second screen with Wii U, and bringing motion gaming in the living room.

I know it’s something that we’re committed to, in the long run. Nintendo, I thought, did a cool thing with picking mobile. They kind of said okay, Switch is going to be a console that you can take with you. That’s an interesting idea. Nintendo always does cool things, right. They did the second screen with Wii U, they obviously did the Wii and motion gaming in the room. I love that innovation.

It certainly would have been interesting to see a handheld Xbox device, but with the success of Nintendo Switch, we might get to see a handheld Xbox device after all.

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