Earlier we reported that Microsoft was planning on releasing a streaming stick, similar to other products such as a Roku or Amazon Fire stick.
The new streaming device would focus on cloud gaming, as they’ve recently released their Xbox cloud service. This service has also been expanded to their home consoles with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Now it’s being reported that Microsoft is working on low cost hardware that would allow users to play cloud games directly to their TV without needing a console or mobile device.
“Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, anywhere they want,” Microsoft said (via WindowsCentral).
They added, “As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game-streaming device, codename Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.”
Coming from the statement, it appears “Keystone” has been in development for a couple years and that it will continue to be developed for potentially another year as they finalize their product specs.
It makes sense from a business prospective why Microsoft would want to focus on cloud streaming despite also having a physical console to sell. Earlier this year, it’s been reported that there are over 25 million subscribers to their Game Pass service.
Furthermore, it has been known Microsoft are pushing to get Game Pass into more households, regardless on how they actually play through the service. So a low cost streaming device could be a way to bring in more volume of users.
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