The secret Xbox One handheld invasion: Affordable devices to stream games with
Tesco’s latest £99 Windows 10 slate looks like an absolute bargain, joining the rest of the supermarket’s Hudl range, and the budget tablet could also be the perfect accessory to go alongside your Xbox One this year, with Microsoft’s latest OS making it possible to stream games straight from your Xbox One to any Windows 10 gadget. With that in mind we take a look at some of the best and most affordable Windows slates out there, as they could also double as the perfect gaming handhelds around the house.
Tesco Windows Connect
Let’s start off with Tesco’s latest tablet – it already packs in Windows 10 for starters, which means it’ll stream Xbox One games straight out of the box. That 8-inch screen may not be the biggest, but it’ll certainly show off games better than your mobile phone, and the 1280 x 800 resolution is still pretty reasonable considering the price. There’s a 1GHz Atom chip and 1GB of RAM powering things along, which is a little limited, but it’s the battery life that really lets the side down, lasting just four hours between charges. Still, that’ll be more than enough to smoke your enemies in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt while your other half hogs the tele.
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about the countless Windows slates out there, is just how affordable some of the options are. The Lynx 7 comes in well under £100, making it a lot easier to justify as an impulse buy to go with your Xbox One, and considering the budget price tag it’s actually pretty good. The 7-inch screen packs in the same 1280 x 800 resolution as Tesco’s latest tablet, but things look more positive on the processing front, with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs Windows 8.1 as standard, so you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 before you’ll be able to stream games, but at least that’s both free and easy to do.
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000
Got a bit more cash to spend on a Windows slate? The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 could be the ideal solution, cramming in a decent-sized 10.8-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, an Intel Core M processor and an impressive 8GB of RAM. With prices starting at £315 on Amazon it’s definitely not the cheapest tablet, but it’s still a long way from the most expensive. As with most of the other slates here (bar the Tesco Windows Connect) it currently runs WIndows 8.1, but there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading to Windows 10 on any of these budget options, letting you experience the same Xbox streaming capabilities as its newer rivals.
If gaming on a slightly bigger display appeals but you can’t stretch to paying for the Dell Venue, the £149 Linx 10 looks a good bet. As the name hints, there’s a 10-inch screen, boasting a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and there’s the same Intel Atom quad-core processor as its smaller sibling. There’s also an additional 1GB of RAM, and performance should be slightly more impressive as a result. Throw in a battery life that lasts for up to seven hours, keeping you gaming for most of the day, and the Lynx 10 could be ideal when you want to play games away from the big screen.
Bush MyTablet 8
The Bush MyTablet 8 is another 8-inch tablet that can be had for under £100, and it offers a similar set of options to the offer bargain-basement slates in this group. There’s a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, with the ability to add more via microSD card. Once again you’ll need to upgrade the OS to Windows 10 if you want to stream games from your Xbox One, but once you have there’s a lot to like about the Bush MyTablet 8 – it’s well made for starters, the skinny 9mm chassis should be ideal for gaming sessions and it’ll even last around a day between charges – what’s not to like?