Microsoft has started working on the new Xbox controllers for mobile phones and tablets. Prototype images reveal how the gamepads might attach to the sides of your iPhone and iPad for portable play.
Microsoft Research first documented these prototype controllers back in October, and now Microsoft has even patented the idea. According to patent, the gamepad will be split into two and each side can then be clipped onto a smartphone or tablet, turning it into a Nintendo Switch-like device. The controllers may even provide charging.
According to a Microsoft research paper, “the success of the Switch is a testament to the value of mobile gaming with physical controls”.
“Mobile gaming devices like the Sony PlayStation Portable and Nintendo’s DS and Switch are dedicated mobile gaming platforms which overcome these limitations via physical controls,” the research paper said.