While multiple outlets are slandering Google Stadia’s current aversion to using iOS and Android devices to power their service, Microsoft has been taking advantage of Google’s mistakes with their rumored Microsoft xCloud. This is an Xbox streaming service that will be relatively low cost according to reports, compared to Google Stadia’s subscription service stacked on top of the retail prices of games. xCloud focuses on just a subscription service and focuses on all smartphones.
According to Windowslatest, Microsoft is currently working on a patent to be confirmed that would confirm the design of two different controllers that would attach to a smartphone, also allowing you to use your own Xbox headset you already have, while eliminating the use of touch controls. Microsoft has already done this sort of thing before, with its Halo 5 gameplay on an Android device, but this new controller model wasn’t was available yet. Instead, they utilized a regular Xbox One controller that was wired to the phone.
According to Tech Radar, the design is currently in testing for a patent, as is the use of being able to charge the controllers. The controller uses clips to attack to each side of the smartphone, no matter the size. The buttons look identical to those of an Xbox controller when attached to a smartphone. The screen acts as the visual TV as you’d expect, and it’s almost like you’re playing a mini Nintendo Switch.
— IGN (@IGN) July 10, 2019
It will be portable as well, though it’s unclear how the battery would work in terms of how fast it might drain.
According to Verse, Microsoft is currently working on a Touch Adaptation Kit for their xCloud system. They are trying to make this so developers can make their games more easily with touch controls. Microsoft might take this wide-open market that Google Stadia originally intended to attack, but have so far failed spectacularly.