Microsoft turned the Surface Duo into a portable Xbox

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They did it, those raving lunatics. That’s what Xbox gamers and Surface Duo owners around the world are saying, as an update to Xbox Game Pass turns Microsoft’s dual-screen Android smartphone into a portable Xbox that fits in your pocket.

Support for the Surface Duo has been in the pipeline for some time, with beta testing in recent months.

The update allows Surface Duo owners with Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox Cloud Gaming app to efficiently transform their dual-screen device into a portable Xbox, analog in style to the much-loved Nintendo 3DS and certainly not looking like a smartphone.

The introduction of full support for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming on the Surface Duo means gamers can now play over 50 games. The update brings specific touch control support to over 50 titles, turning one of the Duo’s screens into a game controller touchpad, while the opposite side becomes the screen.

Some great titles support touch controls, including Desperados 3, Gears 5, Minecraft Dungeons, Sea of ​​Thieves, Wreckfest, and Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair. Expect more games to arrive soon, as developers familiarize themselves with the layout and other features of the Surface Duo.

Minus a niche device

The rollout of Xbox Cloud Gaming and full touch control support for the Surface Duo is a great move. The Surface Duo’s form factor makes it unique among current devices, with the foldable screen creating the perfect portable gaming device, and the 3: 2 aspect ratio works well for most games.

One of the biggest problems with any smartphone gaming device is the screen getting stuck with your fingers (which makes some games unplayable), and the Surface Duo satisfies that problem.

With a controller, it’s even better

Also, if touchscreen controls aren’t your cup of tea, you can still pair a Bluetooth gamepad with the Surface Duo and jump into your favorite games without worrying about smearing your screen.

The Xbox Cloud Gaming app is also getting a few updates based on the Surface Duo. Microsoft has made improvements to the content display process, menu structures, and views, making better use of Surface Duo’s built-in column layouts.

While the Surface Duo is a niche product, foldable and dual-screen smartphones, along with other devices, will become more popular once their price drops to satisfy so-called “late adopters of the technology”. technology ”. Until then, those who own a Surface Duo can revel in their portable Xbox console and take their favorite games wherever they go.

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