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Microsoft patent for detachable controllers for mobile devices surfaces online

Microsoft patent for "charging device for removable input modules" (Source: USPTO)
Microsoft patent for "charging device for removable input modules" (Source: USPTO)
The patent application filed by Microsoft back in 2017 has surfaced online now and the document made available by the USPTO clearly shows diagrams of detachable controllers that have been designed to work with smartphones and tablets. Obviously, it might take a while for such products to hit the market and is also possible for Microsoft to drop the idea.
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The USPTO patent (direct link to the PDF file) with the number US 10,348,108 B2 might be dated July 9, 2019, but Microsoft applied for it way back in time — to be more specific, in late 2017. While it describes "a charging device for one or more input modules for a touch-screen device," its diagrams make it clear that the Redmond giant might be considering the launch of detachable controllers for use with smartphones and phablets.

According to Microsoft's description, the image above, "shows schematic diagrams of a system which comprises two removable input modules, which can be temporarily attached to a touchscreen device [in order to] provide input controls." In just a few words, we are now facing a detachable game controller.

Since Microsoft is planning to launch the xCloud game streaming service later this year, it would be natural for them to come up to an alternative to the touchscreen controls that many users despise when it comes to gaming. In addition to the game streaming service, Microsoft is also expected to come up with a low-cost streaming box for it.

These being said, we just need to wait for this patent to turn into reality before the end of 2019 — or simply realize that Microsoft decided to take a different approach and shelf the pieces of hardwar described in the patent. 

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5441 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2019-07-10 (Update: 2019-07-10)