Microsoft has been in the hardware game for 17 years now, why would they all of a sudden jump into the handheld market now?
360 specs for a portable is already a thing, Switch is a moderate upgrade over 360 and many smartphones tablets specs are greater than 360
Portable VR/AR already exists on smartphones/tablets.
Neither of these things are going to make an Xbox Portable sell well and since 1980 when Nintendo got into the handheld market with Game & Watch, only one out of dozens of competitors have been successful.
Microsoft releasing a handheld would be a terrible idea.
Forgive me for the 360 line. I've said it here before ...that I'm relatively new to this gen. I took a break late last gen. I was two seconds from googling the specs for the Switch right after I posted...because I was pretty sure of what you had reiterated.
Anyway...I know we have VR and AR compatibility with phones but even still...those add one aren't exactly what I meant by the proverbial hand-held. No hand-held to date meets that standard... which is what i was trying to say.
I predicted back in 2009 that systems would be released with a type of screen. I didn't exactly predict it being an actual portable console but a screen nonetheless.
Why do I think MS will inevitably release a hand-held? Because I don't believe the concept of the Switch is a fad. I honestly believe it to be the new way to play...or at least conceptually...the basis of gaming.
Because of this...and I should have been more clear...MS will almost be forced into the portable division by way of industry standards.
I also believe that the way we play will be drastically different by the next 3 to 4 gens...quite possibly sooner...something that relies heavily on AR and portability.
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