Microsoft confirms cloud gaming “console”

Microsoft confirms cloud gaming “console”

It’s more than clear that Xbox’s focus is on GamePass. The company is doing its best to bring this service to as many places as possible. The PC version and Cloud Gaming make this possible, but now a report indicates that the next big thing is a Roku or Chromecast-style streaming stick, something that has been rumored for years.

Originally, Windows Central reported that this new device was already in development. However, unexpectedly, Microsoft issued a statement confirming that this Xbox Game Pass streaming stick, known as Xbox Keystone, is in development, although it is still far from reaching the market. This was what was said about it:

“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, wherever they want. As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that could connect to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.

As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and ensuring that we are delivering value to our customers. We have made the decision to abandon the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to offer Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.”

Along with access to Game Pass, the Xbox Keystone would also allow us to enjoy Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and more streaming platforms. Along with this, it is mentioned that this project has already been in development for several years, and Microsoft is currently making adjustments to its different features.

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At the moment there is no official look at Xbox Keystone, and it is unknown when it will be available. Although the Windows Central report indicates that this device would be available in the next 12 months, Microsoft’s statement indicates that the device is still far from being a reality.

On related topics, a report indicates that a new Xbox Series would be available next year. Similarly, a former Microsoft executive makes a warning about Game Pass.

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Editor’s note:

This is a project that has been rumored for years. Considering that Xbox Cloud Gaming already offers something similar, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before Xbox Keystone becomes available to the entire market and, perhaps, changes part of the way video games are consumed.

Via: Windows Center.