Nimbly dodging confirmation of a rumored Xbox handheld, Phil Spencer says he’s excited about ‘the work that the team is doing around different form factors’ | Gaming

Since the massive leak of Xbox‘s internal roadmap in September 2023, rumors have circulated about the possibility of a forthcoming Xbox handheld from Microsoft. Lately, some of the blame for those rumors belongs to Phil Spencer himself. In an interview during IGN Live, after evading questions about recent studio closures, Spencer indicated Microsoft is doing something related to “different form factors” for Xbox, continuing his months-long streak of being delicately vague on the subject.

“I think we should have a handheld, too,” Spencer said when asked about the rumored Xbox handheld. “The future for us in hardware is pretty awesome. The work that the team is doing around different form factors, different ways to play, I’m incredibly excited about.” Pressed further about whether an Xbox handheld would—purely hypothetically, mind you—be a cloud-based device or running games locally, Spencer said that “I think being able to play games locally is really important.”

While we can’t be certain that there’s something to read between those lines, they’re lines that Spencer’s been leaving for a few months now. Confronted in a February interview with The Verge about his recent spree…


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