Microsoft Is Jumping in Mobile Gaming

A patent for a brand new charging gadget suggests Microsoft may be trying to turn your smartphone right into a mobile Xbox gaming system.

While the patent (thanks, Digital Trends) would not concern the smartphone controller device itself, and there are not any specific references to Xbox consoles or branding within the documentation, details of a charging system for “removable input modules” – together with images – sure do appear like an Xbox controller to me.

Described as together with built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and wireless headphones support, the controller itself is available in two halves that may each be clipped around your horizontal smartphone, wanting not too dissimilar from the Nintendo Switch.

A designer from Yanko Designs, Sarang Sheth, has even mocked up up 3D concepts of the gadget, utilizing the patent – which was filed last month – as a template.

“Designed for immersive landscape gaming, the controllers include two flippers that hold your phone gently however securely from the edges, while memory-foam pads make sure that they don’t press any buttons,” Sheth stated in a blog post in regards to the concepts. “These side flippers are ideal for telephones with no bezel, as a result of this makes sure the controllers do not overlap the display from the left or right. Both halves of the controllers connect to your telephone through Wi-Fi to deliver a seamless gaming experience that is absolutely lag-free.

“Based on patented designs, these conceptual Xbox Cloud controllers give us an idea of what the actual thing would feel like,” stated the Yanko designer, intimating the controllers might only be suitable with Xbox Cloud games.

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