Could Microsoft make a Switch-like portable Xbox?

Discussion in 'Xbox One - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Futurdreamz, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Futurdreamz
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    I'm thinking that technically they can, but only after completing their Grand Overhaul (unifying Xbox and Windows 10 and 10 mobile, porting Windows actual to arm, etc)
     
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    I mean like, laptops are a thing
     
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    And tablets are a thing.

    The problem is: Xbox games don't scale between systems, and a gaming laptop would have horrid battery life.
     
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    Technologically, yes. Technicly, yes. Marketively..... everyone know's Nintendo is king of portable gaming system, even when comparing and/or ignoring Mobile phones.
    To try and take Ninty's spot.... you'd have to be crazy, maybe even suicidal.
     
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    Would and will are different things but there is no reason that they should not except for the fact that there is of course the cost an what not but tech wise it is possible
     
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    The thing is, It seems Microsoft is working towards a future where this is simple:

    1. Porting Windows 10 to ARM while maintaining backwards compatibility
    2. Unifying Windows 10 and 10 mobile by bring the Phone app and such to 10
    3. Making it easy to bring a game to Windows 10 and Xbox simultaneously
    4. Unifying the Xbox and Windows OS
    5. making Windows 10 better scale from large to small screens

    Based on this, I see a few things that Microsoft may be planning:

    Discontinuing the Xbox line in favor of third party HTPCs that are certified for Xbox level games

    Bringing those same games to PCs running powerful ARM processors

    Making a 8"-ish Surface tablet with a powerful ARM processor and break-away controller, which can be plugged into a dock with an eGPU to play those same games at higher quality on a TV.
     
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    Why are we going into ARM? Why not stay with what we have? Bringing their Xbox line to x86 wouldn't be difficult.
     
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    Except Intel is dropping the ball on small & efficient chips. It may be possible, but Intel has been leapfrogged by good ARM chips in small devices