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Phil Spencer on Xbox Handheld Rumors: ‘Being Able to Play Games Locally Is Really Important’ – IGN Live 2024

by Kyle Meranda
IGN Live Is Here!

The 2024 Xbox Games Showcase did give us an replace on new console iteration within the type of an all-digital Xbox Series X, but it surely lacked any phrase on the long-rumored Xbox {hardware} many followers are anxious to listen to extra about: An Xbox handheld.

Right this moment on stage at IGN Stay, IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey requested Spencer to handle the rumors that Xbox is engaged on some type of handheld.

“The longer term for us in {hardware} is fairly superior. The work that the staff is doing round totally different kind elements, other ways to play, I am extremely enthusiastic about,” Spencer stated. “Right this moment was in regards to the video games… however we may have a time to come back out and speak extra about platform, and we will not wait to convey it to you.”

When requested if a hypothetical Xbox handheld could be a devoted gaming platform the place you possibly can play video games regionally (like a Steam Deck or Nintendo Change), or a cloud-based handheld, Spencer responded: “I believe with the ability to play video games regionally is de facto vital.”

Rumors a couple of doable Xbox handheld console have been swirling for months, with many anticipating some form of announcement at at the moment’s showcase. These rumors had been fueled by the trove of leaked Microsoft paperwork final fall, which revealed plans for an Xbox handheld. Spencer, nevertheless, would later come out to say these plans had been outdated.

Xbox has hinted at new {hardware} within the near-ish future, with Microsoft announcing a multi-year roadmap in February that features a next-generation Xbox console. And, whereas neither Spencer nor another Xbox management had confirmed the existence of it, Spencer did go as far as to say what he would want from a handheld Xbox in an interview with Polygon in March.

On the time, Spencer listed numerous options that may make a handheld console “really feel like an Xbox,” together with gaining access to all of your video games with related save information: “What ought to we construct that may discover new gamers?” he stated on the time. “That can permit folks to play at instances after they couldn’t go play [in the past]?”

Elsewhere throughout our interview with Spencer, he addressed the recent closure of Hi-Fi Rush developer Tango Gameworks. For the whole lot that really was introduced at at the moment’s Xbox Showcase, check out our full round-up. And keep tuned for extra from our unique chat with Spencer at IGN Stay.

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Logan Plant is IGN’s Database Supervisor, Playlist Editor, occasional information author, and Tremendous Ninfriendo on Nintendo Voice Chat. Discover him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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