Microsoft Files Patent For Portable Xbox Gaming System


In an interview with Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty it was revealed that the company will release multiplatform ports when and where it "makes sense".

Microsoft's most recent financial update illustrates how badly the gaming division could use a console refresh.

It is worth noting Microsoft has played nice in some gaming areas. The drawings also feature buttons and symbols resembling those on Xbox game controllers. Microsoft holds the rights to games like Minecraft and Cuphead, which have both been published on platforms other than Xbox. Maybe, but first-party games will benefit most as devs closer to Microsoft have more time to eke out more power and use interesting tools and tricks to make it happen. That's an industry standard model as Nintendo and Sony also don't share many IPs across platforms. Sarang Sheth, a designer at Yanko Design, took a look at sketches of the controller mentioned in the recently-filed patent and chose to give us the first look at the device.

He continued, talking about how games like Halo, Forza, and Sea of Thieves fit the platform and how Outer Worlds could possibly have those same qualities. According to Spencer, playability is also a huge focus for the company when it comes to next generation hardware - that includes faster loading times as well as improving how games actually look and feel to play. 'I think that it's a great universe they've created and I think about what are the things that you need for a franchise to kind of bear weight?

"Ensuring that everyone four generations of content material - so the unique Xbox video games that run in your Xbox One at the moment, the OG Xbox; the 360 games that run in your Xbox One; your Xbox One games; and the brand new technology games - all run on the following platform is necessary to us", mentioned Spencer, including that gamers with completely different generations of consoles will nonetheless be capable of play one another.

"Those are the scenarios that I love and I think that those tend to work out a little better than trawling through a spreadsheet going, "ah, nobody's done this in a while, maybe we could reboot that one", Booty added.