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Microsoft is considering making mobile Xbox controllers for xCloud

It looks like Microsoft has explored creating Xbox controllers for phones and tablets, perhaps for use with its xCloud game streaming service.

The company recently patented what appears to be a new controller design. WindowsLatest first noticed the new patent, which details a new type of input controls for an external, touchscreen device. It sounds like it will allow users to put a phone or tablet between the controllers, allowing them to control the game or the device itself. The controllers may even provide charging.

The patent doesn’t mention Xbox or xCloud, but Microsoft has shown phones using existing Xbox controllers in its xCloud demos. Windows Central noted Microsoft been considering this idea for a while, and even shared imagery that loosely resembles graphics in the new patent. Microsoft Research apparently began prototyping Nintendo Joy Con-like controllers in October.

“The success of the Switch is testament to the value of mobile gaming with physical controls,” the Microsoft Research paper explained.

With Microsoft now patenting this idea, we can’t help but wonder if the next step is a real product coming to fruition. Perhaps in time for xCloud? That’s just speculation at this point, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. For more about xCloud, see our guide here.

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