The Surface Duo wasn’t quite the successful foldable phone that Microsoft envisioned, but with every update it keeps getting better since its initial release last year. How about using your Surface Duo as a Nintendo 3DS to play Xbox games? Well, now you can with the latest xCloud app update.
During the official announcement of the Duo almost two years ago, Microsoft teased an experience with a portable Xbox game console. And while it took longer than anyone ever expected, that vision is finally becoming a reality.
Essentially, the second screen on the Microsoft Surface Duo can now be used as a virtual Xbox controller for touch input and more. And while hearing the added update “dual-screen gaming support”
This seemingly minor update makes the Surface Duo behave like a portable game console. It shows your games on the top screen and lets owners use the bottom second screen as a controller. You can still connect a physical controller via Bluetooth, but this new feature is definitely a welcome change.
For what it’s worth, Microsoft has been slowly adding touch controls to over 50 Xbox games lately, including popular titles like Red Dead Online, Gears 5, or Minecraft Dungeons. The full list of supported games is available here.
And while we know this feature worked in a few apps before, it’s really important to bring it to the game and Xbox side of things. With new features like this in development, you’ll wonder when we’ll get the Surface Duo 2.