The glorious xScreen was presented to us as a Kickstarter project earlier this year and quickly met its goal. It looks absolutely fantastic, and this series of new video updates have us nothing short of excited for its release in early 2022.
Out of all the videos, the most recent is a LAN party which has been put together using various Xbox Series S consoles. For those that don't know, the xScreen is a third-party peripheral that allows you to attach a screen to your console and use it portably (you still need a power cable), so seeing it in action like this is fascinating.
There are also some other examples of games being run via xScreen, including Far Cry 6, Fortnite and even the Halo Infinite technical preview from the summer:
If you're interested in the xScreen, you can still pick up an "early bird" pre-order via its Kickstarter page for £189 / $249. The team seems really dedicated to making this a great product, and we're hopeful it'll live up to expectations.
What do you think of the xScreen? Let us know in the comments below.
Would it work with a one s ?
Looks the same idea as that old PS one screen, that fell on its arse too
@Would_you_kindly I don't believe so, the XSS is smaller than the One S (around 10% narrower and about 30% less deep), and it's designed to clip onto the XSS.
@Darrenb To me, the problem with this is a lack of battery to run the console. It is only portable for me if you can go power cord free for 10 hours at a time.
@NeoRatt Yeah, giving it a 10 hour battery life would require increasing the weight and size of it a lot, which would make it even less portable than it already is.
Making an Xbox/Playstation a portable device is kind of a pointless idea in the first place. The XSS is small, but still too big to take with you when you're out and about.
The only scenario I feel like you'd use this in, is if you went to a friends house and there wasn't a spare display, which is pretty rare these days. You could just bring a TV with you, or they'd likely have a TV/monitor spare somewhere to use.
The "LAN" party concept they show off is cool, but realistically doesn't happen with consoles, only PC's. Seeing as consoles have by and large scrapped the idea of LAN.
Or they could make something like Steam Deck. LOL.
@NeoRatt I don't think there exists a device where you can play games for 10 hours without charging.
Would be cool on camping trips or long weeks fishing with family. Did tons of gaming with my cousins on way worse set ups. The keyboard and mouse is huge. Tons of hope for this.
I insist: Microsoft is playing a long game here. In a few years, they likely will be able to do a series a speced portable device, that possibly can run all games in Series S mode.
We still have lan partys with the series s. Just use wifi over xbox live. Providing you have a fast enough connection 4 or 5 consoles on wifi isnt really a problem.
@Woodinghal But if you have wi-fi/internet, then you're in a house, and if you're in a house, you'll likely have TV's/monitors for your Xbox's that are far higher quality than this.
Like I said, I don't really see a situation where you have your Xbox, and don't have a TV. Even yourself, you're already holding LAN parties, so that means you do have enough displays for this already.
Plus whoever is on an 11" screen is going to be complaining that they're at a disadvantage because everyone else is on bigger displays.
As far as price goes, they seem to be charging a reasonably fair amount for the display (Although I have no idea on what they're charging for shipping), portable displays do generally cost a lot. But you can get a 4k 28" monitor for the same price, and a 1080p 24" monitor for half its price.
The only convenience I see it offers is that you don't need an HDMI cable and it's a little easier to transport. But you sacrifice money and image quality for it.
@Xeno_Aura people have to bring their monitors which is hassle. At least this way it fits in a ruck sack. Plus it's a good idea if you travel a lot as it folds up like a laptop. I have a portable 14 inch monitor and its excellent so I wont be getting one. I just think its very cool and convenient
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