- Xbox is rumored to be working on a new handheld device, following similar rumors about PlayStation’s own handheld device.
- Insider Jez Corden confirmed that Xbox is indeed pursuing a handheld device, although no further details were provided.
- While the rumored handheld devices from both Xbox and PlayStation may take years to be released, there are already tempting and budget-friendly options available for handheld gaming.
An insider has claimed that Xbox is working on a new handheld device. The news comes after Xbox’s main competitor, PlayStation, saw similar rumors appear about its own new handheld device.
Recently, an insider claimed that PlayStation is in the early stages of developing a new handheld gaming product. It’s rumored that it will be a non-streaming device and instead will natively support PlayStation 4 games and some PlayStation 5 games that receive a special patch. However, the insider claimed that the device is not greenlit for launch yet and its APU is at least two years out from being put into production. Due to these rumors and the recent growth of the handheld gaming market, Xbox fans wondered if their favorite gaming company was working on a similar product, and it appears that may be the case.
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Established insider Jez Corden responded to a tweet from fellow insider Tom Henderson, who was explaining that Xbox is likely pursuing a handheld device as well after the recent PlayStation news. Corden responded with a simple, “They are.” Corden is a long-time insider with a reliable track record, so there’s reason to believe that his claim is accurate. He did not offer any additional details, but similar to PlayStation’s rumored device, Xbox’s handheld device may not be released for a while. It’ll be interesting to see whether Xbox’s device will focus on streaming or supporting games natively. Seeing that the two rumored devices are possibly still years away, fans might be interested in some tempting options that will likely be released much sooner.
Xbox Handheld Device Rumored To Be in Development
Asus recently confirmed that its successor to the ROG Ally handheld gaming system will release later this year. The first ROG Ally’s base version, which released last year, costs $599 and is a more pricey competitor to the Steam Deck. Asus’ vice president explained that the follow-up device will aim to make some improvements to the product line’s gaming abilities. As for PlayStation fans, they already have a tempting and budget-friendly option when it comes to handheld devices.
PlayStation released the PlayStation Portal in 2023, which allows PlayStation 5 owners to stream their games to the handheld device when on their home network. The $199 dollar gadget has proven to be a hit and routinely sells out shortly after being restocked. However, fans in search of even more budget-friendly options have some choices as well.
There are an assortment of handheld gaming devices priced under $75. Of course, these devices will be very limited compared to their higher-end counterparts, but they can be treated like modern Game Boys to enjoy classic video games.
Microsoft Xbox Series X
With a Game Pass membership and the most powerful system currently available, the Xbox Series X offers access to a virtually limitless selection of games. The Xbox Series X also boasts stunning graphics and lightning-fast loading times, delivering an unparalleled gaming experience.
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