If you’re looking to stream Xbox games to your Android phone, you’re going to need a controller. The 8bitdo Xbox Android controller might be just the thing you need and it’s coming soon, but you might not be able to use it just yet — it’s likely to arrive before the Project xCloud release date.
This new controller from 8bitdo has pretty much everything you could ask for in a wireless controller: Bluetooth connectivity, an 18-hour battery life, and the ability to remap the buttons however you like.
Since this is intended for use with your phone, it also includes a handy adjustable clip that can comfortably secure your mobile device directly above the controller. Best of all, you don’t have to use the clip to hold it in your hands — you can also use the clip as a stand to hold your phone on a surface at a comfortable angle while using the controller wirelessly, just like many third-part Nintendo Switch stands.
The 8bitdo Xbox Android controller is aiming to release on September 21, 2020, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to use it for Project xCloud. As one gaming journalist notes, this reportedly will not be the Project xCloud release date.
“[That] date is not related to [Project] xCloud launch,” stated The Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren on Twitter.
Bear in mind, it’s possible that xCloud will launch before that date; all this tweet tells us is that the Project xCloud release date is not September 21, 2020. It’s entirely possible that Microsoft’s game streaming service could launch before the release of the 8bitdo Xbox Android controller, although we can’t say for certain either way.
Whether or not xCloud launches by then, this new wireless controller can nonetheless be used to play many of your other Android games. You can buy the 8bitdo Xbox Android controller on Amazon right now for $44.99 or your regional equivalent — it might not be a bad idea to get it so you’re ready for Project xCloud, whenever it launches.