Microsoft offers a handheld gaming experience with xCloud, officially known as Xbox Cloud Gaming, and the device that unlocks the entire experience is … the Surface Duo?
You better believe it.
Surface Duo has many things: a tablet, a phone, a laptop, and now apparently also a game console, courtesy of the cloud broadcast. The latest update to Microsoft’s xCloud cloud streaming app for Android allows full support for dual-screen handheld dual-screen cloud games (good place, The Verge).
Sure, a cell phone with extra trims, the Surface Duo’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor couldn’t do much gaming alone, but that’s where the Xbox enters Microsoft’s cloud.
And it really is also an Xbox in the cloud: a server rack behind the server full of unobtrusive Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft has announced plans to do so upgrades its cloud streaming service to the Xbox Series X hardware. some year of this year. Although I'm wondering if plans have changed with the shortage of chips, which is causing headaches for both console fans and any PC builder trying to catch a graphics card.
In fact, you could connect a controller to the Duo and get a decent middle cloud game, just like any other compatible Android device, but this new support allows the lower half to become a controller, without the need for accessories.
Still, it’s a concept we’ve only partially explored in today’s cloud transmission: the ability to bring a playable gaming experience to a device that would otherwise be totally unsuitable for the task, apparently even those which were a small niche to begin with, such as the Surface Duo.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is also heading for a wider release on Windows 10 computers, where it is currently available with limited invitation only. So stay tuned for more information on this. Meanwhile, there are also many alternatives to the cloud, depending on your device, such as Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia, which offer a way to get into PC gaming when times are tough and graphics cards are hard to come by .