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Microsoft is experimenting with a Windows gaming handheld mode for Steam Deck-like devices

A prototype game launcher for Windows. | Image: h0x0d (Twitter)

Microsoft is exploring early concepts around a Windows handheld mode for devices like the Steam Deck. A leaked video posted on Twitter by h0x0d shows early concept and prototype work for an optimized Windows 11 UI for handhelds, and a launcher and Windows gaming shell that’s designed for touchscreens and controllers.

The video is part of a hackathon project inside Microsoft from September, where employees regularly present ideas or projects that sometimes end up getting support from Microsoft executives and end up shipping.

While it’s not clear who’s narrating the video, they do a good job of highlighting all the current issues of running…

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