The idea of a Nintendo Switch-like Xbox handheld console isn't out of the realms of possibility, as it's being reported that Microsoft has been "dabbling" with that kind of idea for a while — albeit just for use with Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Windows Central mentioned this in a report about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, which has led to Qualcomm partnering with Razer to create a Snapdragon G3x Handheld Developer Kit (you can see an image of it above). Essentially, it operates like a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck for Android gamers, and also supports Xbox Cloud Gaming. For at least the time being though, it's going to remain a developer kit and nothing more.
However, the outlet says that it's been hearing Microsoft has been tinkering with handheld prototypes for a while now, and the new Qualcomm platform might just give the Xbox team an extra push to make it a reality.
"We have been hearing for a while at Windows Central that Microsoft has been dabbling with Xbox handheld prototypes for some time now, although something like this Qualcomm platform may be the family of technologies Microsoft needs to really give it serious consideration."
The new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform definitely sounds like a promising step for Xbox Cloud Gaming in the future regardless, citing capabilities such as true 10-bit HDR, games running at up to 144fps, 5G connectivity and much more. It'll be interesting to see if the Xbox team ends up taking full advantage of it with an official handheld device.
For more information on the new G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, check the video below.
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