Microsoft Xbox Game Pass now supports dual-screen phones like Surface Duo

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass now supports dual-screen phones like Surface Duo

An update to the Xbox Game Pass beta app has added support for dual-screen devices, one of which is (as you may have guessed) Microsoft’s Surface Duo. It’s almost like turning your device into a Nintendo DS for Xbox games.

The update was first highlighted by The Verge’s Tom Warren, who demonstrates what the update looks like running on Microsoft’s dual-screen Android smartphone. On one screen, you have the game and on the other are touchscreen controls. There are approximately 20 games designed to support touch input, including Minecraft Dungeons and Dead Cells.

The touch controls adapt depending on what game you’re playing, so every game will feel a little bit different.

As far as mobile touchscreen gaming is concerned, this update feels like a good fit for Xbox Game Pass. Mobile gaming has always felt a little weird because controls are overlaid on the display. Thanks to Surface Duo’s dual-screen design, you get an experience that makes a lot more sense. It’s almost like the portable Xbox gaming console we never had.

The update to Xbox Game Pass makes the Surface Duo a lot more interesting. When we reviewed the device, we praised its multitasking capabilities. But it felt very niche.

“The Surface Duo is meant for a very specific group of people. It’s meant for Android users who use the Microsoft 365 suite regularly,” Max Weinbach said in XDA’s review. “To be honest, that probably isn’t you and I. It’s going to be the people on Wall Street, or maybe even students. It’s going to be those who can really make use of the dual-screen in a way that isn’t shallow.”

With dual-screen support now available to test in the Xbox Game Pass beta app, hopefully, we’ll see a stable release sooner rather than later.

Featured image via Tom Warren

Xbox Game Pass (Beta)
Xbox Game Pass (Beta)

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.