A FAN-MADE video of a HANDHELD Xbox console has gone viral on social media.
The fantasy machine, called the Xbox Series Z, has all the benefits of a next-gen console but can fit in your pocket.
A fan-made video of a HANDHELD Xbox console has gone viral on social mediaCredit: tiktok
The brief clip was put together by graphic artist and TikTok user Kashama, who posted it to the app on Sunday.
It’s filmed from the perspective of someone opening the foldable gadget up and browsing through some of its games.
Microsoft has long been rumoured to be working on a portable console along the same lines as Nintendo’s hugely popular Switch.
The US tech titan has already bet big on mobile gaming, though it’s made no mention of any plans for a handheld gaming device.
The Xbox Series S (left) and Series X side by sideCredit: Microsoft
In Kashama’s imaging, the “Series Z”, as they call it, is a handheld console that folds, a bit like the classic Nintendo DS.
When folded, it’s slightly larger than your hand, but when unfolded (with the touch of a button) it’s about the size of a magazine cover.
Inside is a screen positioned above the joysticks, D-pad and A, B, X and Y buttons that have been a mainstay of Xbox controllers for years.
The person in the video cycles through a handful of games, including Among Us and Far Cry 6.
Kashama regularly makes realistic video concepts of technology that could crop up in future.
He’s previously shared clips of futuristic Xbox controllers, foldable iPhones and even a Lamborghini smartwatch to his 875,000 TikTok followers.
Of course, the “Series Z” would require some pretty remarkable engineering, so don’t expect to see it pop up in the real world any time soon.
Rumours of a portable Xbox console are heating up following the release of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox Series X.
The Series X is a high-powered machine that supports 4K gaming and is said to practically eliminate loading times.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
A second console, the all-digital Xbox Series S, will also hit shelves on November 10.
As for any chance that a “Series Z” is on the way, we wouldn’t put our money on it.
Microsoft has already bet big on mobile with its Game Pass Ultimate app, which lets you play top-end Xbox games on your smartphone or tablet.
The company even partnered with Samsung for the release of its Galaxy Note 20 handset.
Gamers can plug an Xbox One controller into the £850 device and tuck in to more than 100 Xbox games on the cloud with Xbox Games Pass.
All in all, releasing a portable console now would cannibalise all of the work and cash Microsoft has ploughed into its recent mobile ventures.
On top of that, the company would likely detract from sale of the Series X and Series S by releasing a much cheaper console so close to their launches.
Of course, we can’t say for certain that a portable Xbox isn’t in the works, but don’t hold your breath.
In other news, The Sun’s favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Grab a VR headset and you’ll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.
And Dell’s Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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