This tiny Xbox One controller from 8Bitdo is designed for Project xCloud streaming

Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming Controller
Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming Controller (Image credit: 8Bitdo)

Xbox Sn30 Pro Streaming Controller

Source: 8Bitdo (Image credit: Source: 8Bitdo)

What you need to know

  • 8Bitdo has unveiled the Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming, its fun-sized mobile controller primed for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Project xCloud game streaming platform.
  • The Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available for preorder on Amazon for $45. (opens in new tab)

Microsoft continues to ready its Xbox Game Streaming platform, with ongoing Project xCloud trials establishing the foundations for on-the-go Xbox One gaming. The preview tests bring full-fledged Xbox One titles to Android and iOS, and while touch controls remain in development, the best experience still requires a controller in-hand.

We've already seen Microsoft certify third-party peripherals under its "Designed for Xbox" banner, spearheaded by a licensed controller clip from PowerA's MOGA line. The latest concept comes from 8Bitdo, unveiling a series of endearing Project xCloud-ready accessories, including an Xbox-themed spin on its "Sn30 Pro" controller.

Xbox Sn30 Pro Streaming Controller

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The Sn30 Pro for Xbox Cloud Gaming provides a compact Xbox One controller primed for streaming. The Bluetooth-connected gamepad replicates the layout of Microsoft's own, with a familiar ABXY button array, dual thumbsticks, and even rear-mounted bumpers and triggers. The only notable switch comes with symmetrical sticks, rather than the offset design synonymous with past controllers. The device also boasts an 18-hour rechargeable battery, charged over USB-C.

The included mounting clip affixes the controller to your mobile, providing an all-inclusive experience for compact gaming. 8Bitdo has launched preorders for the device on Amazon, starting at $45 in the U.S. (opens in new tab) However, the manufacturer frames this as an Android-only accessory, with iOS Project xCloud testing seemingly hampered by Apple's restrictive App Store policies.

Xbox 8Bitdo Phone Clip

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For those who favor their existing Xbox One controller, 8Bitdo has also detailed a $15 mounting clip (opens in new tab) compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Elite controllers.

The traditional clamp-styled design binds to your Xbox controller from below while keeping your mobile positioned firmly for viewing. The accessory also features a telescopic phone grip and adjustable thumbscrews, akin to the MOGA-branded alternative we awarded the "Best Xbox Accessory" in 2019.

8Bitdo plans to release both Xbox accessories on September 21, 2020 — with preorders now live via Amazon.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • That looks nice. Now if Microsoft could make some more progress on xCloud (though I'm guessing it'll launch alongside Series X).
  • I hope the triggers are analog, and not just buttons, as some games use it as a core gameplay mechanic.
  • I just read that the triggers are not only analog but have variable depth adjustment
  • Wow, very nice. Something like the Elite Controller triggers, right?
  • I'm patiently waiting for tablet support because a phone screen is just too small to game on for me.
  • This has been a big challenge with using the Switch for me. Apparently my eyesight isn't what it used to be, I find myself struggling to read text and subtitles of games on my Switch. For mobile phones, it's probably next to impossible for me. Guess I'll just stick to the big 65 inch in the living room for games :-(
  • Yep, exactly. Just imagine playing a game where you have to customize the character and you can barely see the text/attributes to upgrade
  • Agree so much. I have a Surface Go 2 that would be perfect for something like xCloud.
  • Nice. More stuff like this needs to stsrt coming out. Meanwhile there's no news about Xcloud release, nor making the beta available for more countries like mine
  • I need a way to clamp/connect my Galaxy Fold to a controller. Any thoughts?
  • Hard pass due to the analog sticks laid out like PlayStation controllers.