OtterBox is entering the mobile gaming arena with a set of accessories designed to match Xbox Game Pass. The new lineup signals the year that could be a breakout year for cloud gaming.
OtterBox’s gaming console provides a thorough setup for mobile players. The products are primarily built around the Xbox controller, starting with the Easy Grip Controller Case. This add-on features rubberized, antibacterial handles that fasten to both Series X and Elite Series controllers. The handles are replaceable and designed to reduce perspiration.
The company’s new mobile gaming clip is compatible with Xbox controllers. It’s a three-slash clip for different side button layouts across devices. The actual clamp can be removed from the controller attachment, making it a desk stand.
Players can grab a custom molded carrying case to fit their Xbox controller and with the gaming clip still attached. The waterproof case has a cable path for easy charging of the controller and an integrated smartphone holder on top of the case.
OtterBox is also introducing a new phone case designed for gaming purposes. The iPhone case has a heat sink that dissipates heat away from the phone to keep it cool during intense engineering games. The company also created new designed privacy glasses with a landscape orientation.
Taking everything together, OtterBox has come up with a multi-purpose mobile gaming solution for a variety of uses. While companies have come up with accessories like gaming clips in the past, OtterBox is taking advantage by creating a full product ecosystem for mobile players.
The strong services show that the phone case maker has high expectations for cloud gaming in 2021. The timing of the partnership with Microsoft is particularly notable as its cloud gaming service will launch iOS this spring. Both the phone case and display are made specifically for the iPhone, OtterBox says it finally plans to roll out Android options.
While most products appear to be built for Microsoft’s big iOS launch, OtterBox notes that this is just the beginning of diving into the gaming space. The company plans to expand its portfolio to other partners
In our 2021 gaming predictions, we note that this year will mark a significant step forward for cloud gaming. Between Amazon Luna, the iOS launch of Google Stadia, and Microsoft’s upcoming expansion in the space, it looks like companies are seriously investing in mobile gaming and seeing it as a viable option. OtterBox’s somewhat opposite involvement suggests that even people outside of the gaming industry see a trend coming and are preparing for an explosion.
Pre-orders for the OtterBox line of consoles start Jan. 25, with products scheduled to go on sale in mid-February.
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