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Xbox CEO Hints Handheld Plans: “We Should Have A Handheld, Too”

Xbox CEO Hints Handheld Plans: “We Should Have A Handheld, Too”

by Low Boon ShenJune 11, 2024
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While PC gaming handhelds are solidly gaining steam (pun not intended), the reaction from console makers – both Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation – has been relatively slow. Sony did launch a handheld called PlayStation Portal, but it’s an online-only device that wirelessly tethers to the main PlayStation 5 console. Meanwhile at Xbox, hints of the company intending to launch a gaming handheld has been scarce – until now.

Xbox CEO Hints Handheld Plans: "We Should Have A Handheld, Too"

“We Should Have A (Xbox) Handheld, Too”

IGN interviewed Xbox CEO Phil Spencer on the rumors of a new Xbox handheld, to which he gave a statement that is all but a direct confirmation:

“I think we should have a handheld, too […] You have to have Sarah Bond (president of Xbox) which is awesome – but like, the future for us in hardware is pretty awesome, and the work that the team is doing around different form factors, different ways to play – I’m incredibly excited about.”

Adding further, Spencer has also hinted that the Xbox handheld will have similar capabilities like ROG Ally, Steam Deck, and Legion Go – that is to say, it will support offline play. “I think being able to play games locally is really important,” he added. With the strategy adopted by Microsoft today where it embraces all platforms for its games (some of the exclusives are heading to PS5 as we speak), it’s safe to assume the handheld will be a standalone device, unlike PlayStation Portal.

While the interview is conducted after the games showcase – which includes blockbuster titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 and more, Spencer assures the time will come to talk about the hardware. “Today was about the games […] but we will have a time to come out and talk more about platform.”

Source: Videocardz

Pokdepinion: I wonder if Sony would respond with locally-capable handheld.

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