Handheld Gaming Devices: Is Microsoft Ready to Compete with Nintendo and SteamDeck?

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A few days ago, players on the Restera forum started a topic about whether Microsoft will release its own handheld gaming device. A user DSN2K said that Microsoft is in a good position to enter the mobile gaming industry, and “leverage Gamepass and Xcloud in a new form factor and another entry point into the living room.” The user also stated that the device could target XSS performance, which would be a big plus for many gamers.

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While some gamers are skeptical of the idea, citing the Steam Deck’s performance and battery life issues, many people like the idea of a Microsoft handheld device that can perform as well as the XSS series. Others are looking for a Switch-like device that can match the performance of the XSS series.

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The market for gaming on-the-go has grown bigger recently and the pandemic has made it even bigger. With the popularity of cloud gaming and subscription-based services like Gamepass, it’s no surprise that Microsoft might enter the mobile gaming industry. The Xbox brand is already well-known in the console business.  So a handheld gaming device would allow the brand to extend its reach and enter a new market.

But launching a handheld gaming device is an uphill battle. To make it a viable choice for gamers, Microsoft would have to address some concerns. They include battery life, performance, and cost. They would also have to look at the market and players in it. It includes established rivals such as Nintendo as well as newbie Valve with its SteamDeck.

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In any case, whether this will happen or not remains to be seen. What is clear is that the portable gaming market is well paid and many firms are keen to enter.

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