Microsoft’s Surface devices have traditionally pushed boundaries. Obviously some devices are closer to the edge than others – the workhorse Surface Laptop is far less radical than the first Surface Book with its detachable screen – but they all help sell Microsoft’s vision.
The dual-screened Android powered Surface Duo is one of the devices that is closer to the edge than most, but Microsoft has just added another edge for the portable device to explore. Gaming.
Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service has an Android client that is used by many gamers, although games designed to be played with a controller don’t always translate perfectly to a single touch-screen device. For some that means adding in gamepad controller peripherals, for others it means using on screen controls.
The latest beta to the Android client adds another option; using a second screen to host the controls. A second screen such as that on the Surface Duo. Hinge the device open with the gaming experience on the top and the ‘controller’ on the bottom and you’ve got yourself a pretty nifty xBox gaming machine.
As noted, it is still in beta and the number of games supported is still small (and the biggest kicker is that you will need the Game Pass Ultimate subscription level (currently at $14.99 per month). But there’s a synergy here that fits with both the Surface brand’s technological push, and the new gaming ecosystem being built by the Xbox team.
The Surface Duo is pitched as a device to help people work smarter. With a Duo 2 heavily rumored, Microsoft could be in a great position to pitch the Duo as a device to help people play smarter as well.
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