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    Tencent has just wrapped up its annual conference, where it showed off a handful of new games heading to the mobile platform. Some of these reveals included Metal Slug Mobile, CrossFire HD, and Digimon: New Century. The most important announcement wasn't the set of games, but rather, the input device used to play said titles. Tencent has unveiled its new cloud gaming controller, revealing a mock-up of the concept, which features a gamepad that has a swappable face, letting you seamlessly switch between different types of layouts. One of the styles shown is a traditional, modern ABXY design with two flat circle pads, along with a round, X-shaped "d-pad", while the second option has a much more complex layout involving five circle pads, mimicking a type of layout frequently seen in mobiles games such as Diablo Immortal, Genshin Impact, or Tencent's own Honor of Kings. The controller will be a major part of the company's cloud gaming service, which will not only stream console games to players, but also mobile phone games. Since the gamepad will have modular parts, it helps it cater to both sides of the market in Tencent's homeland of China, which happens to have a major focus on mobile game experiences.

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  3. gaga941021

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    Looks pretty not that great.
     
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  4. Louse

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    Wow, this looks cool as all hell.
    I really wish it wasn't Tencent though.
     
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    looks terrible, also no place for real sticks
     
  6. x65943

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    I really like the idea of swappable layouts

    That second controller's A button with flanking secondary buttons really reminds me of the gamecube

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    That second layout, with a bunch of buttons of different shapes and sizes... it's like "Imagine the GameCube controller, but more so."
     
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    Fucking lol. This looks like that one retarded idea that should have been scrapped seconds after being thought of.

    Plus, it's Tencent, so the malware and privacy invasion comes as a bonus free package.
     
  9. duwen

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    Almost seems like someone at tencent really likes the c-stick - and decided to throw 5 of em on there
     
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    That second layout is most likely to mimic those MMO games on mobile or similar.

    Interesting idea though, usually I expect Nintendo to come up with this kind of stuff.
     
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    o look it's this cloud gaming bs again. having they heard what happened to stadia?!
     
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    I have no concerns generally about "Chinese" companies spying anymore than what Apple, Microsoft, Samsung etc already do ... except when it comes to Tencent ... I have absolutely no trust in them what so ever and if they were a person I wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire infact I would probably throw another flammable liquid on to keep it going
     
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    A few companies had this "modular controller" idea, but somehow they only release the initial two or three configurations (or in the case of Nintendo just one) and that's it. Let's see how far Tencent gets. It is kinda weird, that they don't show any config with normal analog sticks, since most people prefer them to circle pads. Though I get the idea of this "non-traditional layout". Some mobile games have skills on buttons you have to drag. That's a pretty smart conversion.
     
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    I have no issues with Tencent, heck, my phone has Tencent stapled on the back.

    Pretty curious about that Digimon game, I had never heard of it before but it seems pretty cool.
     
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    "That looks kinda cool..."
    *Sees Tencent*
    "Still kinda cool looking but pass."
     
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    i hate tencent and china as much as the next guy, but this is genius and someone should've made this already like 2 decades ago.
     
  18. ZeroFX

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    tencent wants some cloud flop on their side as well it seems.
     
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    why cloud gaming tho
     
  20. leon315

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    Sounds like Google, Facebook and apple are saints thus never collected your data, nor produced any ugly gaming devices LMFAO
     
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    ok but why is it cloud gaming
    none of the big tech companies ever thought of joining the gaming industry until cloud gaming became a thing
    now they all want to get in on it
     
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