Microsoft’s next xCloud game streaming service is expected to launch later this year, but unlike Google Stadia, it didn’t have an official controller. You can buy clips for your Xbox controller, but it’s not very portable. Now 8Bitdo is here to help you with a slim xbox controller which is inspired by the SNES.
Hey! You have your Super Nintendo curves in my Xbox sensation! 8Bitdo
8Bitdo says he worked with Microsoft to create the Sn30 Pro controller, and as such it will be marked as an officially licensed compatible xCloud and Xbox controller. It’s thinner and more elegant than a traditional Xbox controller, and it’s hard not to see the device’s SNES style.
But 8Bitdo has included many features in the package, including 18 battery life, a USB-C port for charging, and Bluetooth to work with most Android phones. It even comes with clips to fix your phone.
Xbox purists (like me) can however hesitate about the location of the joystick: on this controller, they are side by side like a Playstation controller, instead of having the left joystick above the D-pad. Still, it’s a small concession to get a small controller that works with xCloud.
8Bitdo is taking pre-orders on the Sn30 Pro today and will release the controller on September 21, 2020.
A thin Xbox controller