In October 2019, Microsoft unveiled it’s entering the foldable
devices market with the Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo and
Android-powered Surface Neo. At the Surface event, Microsoft
also briefly teased xCloud gaming for dual-screen hardware and
a patent application has now revealed more details.
According to the patent application,
Microsoft’s Surface Neo could become an ultimate gaming and
productivity device at the same time. In the filing, Microsoft
has highlighted a variant of Surface Neo that could come with
input device featuring “a trackpack or game controller”.
“In this example, the input device is manifest as a keyboard
device. In other implementations, the input device can be
manifest as a trackpad or game controller, among others,” the
It appears that Microsoft will offer a ‘gamepad’ that
magnetically attaches to one of the displays and the physical
board will fold over to cover about two-thirds of the second
display. The gamepad is also detachable so that you can take it
off and use other keyboard accessories.
“The input device has a first end and a second end and opposing
major surfaces (facing upwardly) and (facing downwardly and
away from the reader). The input device can have a wedge
profile that tapers from the first end (e.g., thinner end) to
the second end (e.g., thicker end),” Microsoft noted.
Microsoft’s gaming accessory for the Surface Neo could pave way
an ultimate gaming experience with xCloud streaming service.
On the other hand, Microsoft could be working on virtual gaming
controls for Surface Duo as the 5.6-inch device doesn’t have
enough space for the physical controls and it also cuts down on
the accessory that gamers would need to carry with the
pocketable Surface Duo.