This Xbox controller from 8Bitdo is designed for Project xCloud streaming

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Microsoft continues to ready its Xbox Game Streaming platform, with ongoing Project xCloud trials establishing the foundations for on-the-go Xbox One gaming. The preview tests bring full-fledged Xbox One titles to Android and iOS, and while touch controls remain in development, the best experience still requires a controller in-hand.

We’ve already seen Microsoft certify third-party peripherals under its “Designed for Xbox” banner, spearheaded by a licensed controller clip from PowerA’s MOGA line. The latest concept comes from 8Bitdo, unveiling a series of endearing Project xCloud-ready accessories, including an Xbox-themed spin on its “Sn30 Pro” controller.

The Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming provides a compact Xbox One controller primed for streaming. The Bluetooth-connected replicates the layout of Microsoft’s gamepad, with the same ABXY button array, dual thumbsticks, and even rear-mounted bumpers and triggers. The only notable switch comes with symmetrical sticks, rather than the offset design synonymous with past controllers. The device also boasts an 18-hour rechargeable battery, charged over USB-C.

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The included mounting clip affixes the controller to your mobile, providing an all-inclusive experience for compact gaming. 8Bitdo has launched preorders for the device on Amazon, starting at $45 in the U.S. However, the manufacturer frames this as an Android-only accessory, with iOS Project xCloud testing seemingly hampered by Apple’s restrictive App Store policies.

For those who favor their existing Xbox One controller, 8Bitdo has also detailed a $15 mounting clip compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Elite controllers.

The traditional clamp-styled design binds to your Xbox controller from below while keeping your mobile positioned firmly for viewing. The accessory also features a telescopic phone grip and adjustable thumbscrews, akin to the MOGA-branded alternative we awarded the “Best Xbox Accessory” in 2019.

8Bitdo plans to release both Xbox accessories on September 21, 2020 — with preorders now live via Amazon.

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