It seems that 2020 seems like a key year for the arrival of video game streaming. We will see how Google Stadia, Project xCloud arrives while alternatives like Apple Arcade are already a reality. And of all the platforms, for many users, the Microsoft is the most interesting, a platform that will allow access from enabled devices so they can play as if it were an Xbox One.
Project xCloud will allow players to access titles from almost any device, be it a mobile phone, a tablet, a TV. You could say that whenever there is a screen and an Internet connection, we can have our favorite games nearby. A combination that also requires, and we cannot forget, a control pad to play with. Something they could be working on at Microsoft.
Microsoft Project xCloud: The controller that turns displays into consoles
Apparently, the increasing proximity of Project xCloud would be the reason why Microsoft would be working on the development of a remote control or control pad compatible with as many devices as possible. And again, it is a patent that leaves us clues along the way.
A patent that shows drivers that convert any device with a screen into a kind of console with two sticks attached. In fact, at first glance the Nintendo Switch comes to mind.
The patent describes both the mechanism for loading the control and its operation. Two sketches appear in which in one of them we see two modules that can be attached to a screen or device with a touch screen facilitating the control of games in the purest Nintendo Switch style.
In the second case, a device that serves as a connection and load link for two sections that can be coupled and receive power from an external power source is shown.
These two possibilities would greatly enhance the possibilities of Project xCloud. It would be a much more playable platform, with more potential if it were compatible with physical controls on any screen. In your case, what do you prefer? Is the on-screen control or the classic pad with physical keypad?.