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‘I think we should have a handheld’


After announcing several new Xbox Series X consoles including a $600 special edition model, Microsoft may be working on another one. In response to a question from IGN about portable gaming, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said “I think we should have a handheld.”

That’s a vague comment, but it certainly shows that the company is taking notice of all the portable PC gaming devices out there like the new Rog Ally X from ASUS and no doubt Sony’s PlayStation Portal remote handheld. Such a device would also make a lot of sense for the Xbox platform.

“The future for us in hardware is pretty awesome, and the work that the team is doing around different form factors, different ways to play,” he said. He then deferred any future questions about consoles to Xbox president Sarah Bond.

Spencer hypothetically kiboshed the idea of a Sony-like internet- or cloud-only device when asked about it, though. “I think being able to play games locally is really important,” he said.

This by no means confirms the development of such a device and it wasn’t the right event for such an announcement in any case. “Today was about the games… but we will have a time to come out and talk more about platform, and we can’t wait to bring it to you.”



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