Xbox portable console could be in the works to take on the might of the Nintendo Switch Lite
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Apparently, Microsoft is busy working on a “portable machine”, which has led to speculation that the Redmond-based company is preparing to unleash an Xbox handheld onto the market. Rumors about such a machine have floated around for years, and Microsoft has even spent R&D time on a handheld console. According to Robbie Bach, a former President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, numerous attempts were made to bring an Xbox portable to market, with the device constantly being named the “Xboy”.
Toward the end of last year, interesting but fake promo material for an Xbox Series V handheld console started appearing online, with the device looking not entirely dissimilar to a large single-screened Nintendo DS Lite. A few months later incredible fan-made concept videos of an Xbox Series Z portable, created by designer imkashama, showed what a handheld Xbox could look like – stunning. Of course, this futuristic-looking machine is highly unrealistic in its flawless beauty…but Microsoft cannot ignore Nintendo’s dominance of the market with the Switch Lite.
Of course, the leaker’s statement has been questioned: For instance, Microsoft has Xbox Cloud Gaming that turns any compatible mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) into a sort of portable Xbox. It could be that Microsoft is working on such a machine that won’t be classed as an Xbox or Xbox Series portable – it might just be a tablet or similar but with a gaming orientation that offers simple direct access to Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming. But if done well, an Xbox One handheld console or Xbox Series portable device could become a real threat to the popularity of the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Microsoft working on a portable machine possible announcement soon— CrazyLeaksOnATrain (@CrazyLeaksTrain) March 4, 2021