Microsoft confirms work on ‘Keystone’ Xbox game streaming dongle

Microsoft’s long-in-the-works xCloud streaming system goes by some modifications, as reported by Windows Central. The firm first introduced the devoted streaming dongle in June 2021, however in a press release given to Windows Central, the corporate mentioned it has pivoted from the “present iteration” of the system, which it says is codenamed Keystone.

Here is Microsoft’s full assertion shared with Windows Central:

Our imaginative and prescient for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our aim is to allow folks to play the video games they need, on the units they need, anyplace they need. As introduced final yr, we’ve been working on a game-streaming system, codename Keystone, that might be linked to any TV or monitor with out the necessity for a console.

As a part of any technical journey, we’re continuously evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and making certain we’re bringing worth to our prospects. We have made the choice to pivot away from the present iteration of the Keystone system. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a brand new method that can permit us to ship Xbox Cloud Gaming to extra gamers world wide sooner or later.

It’s unclear what these modifications is likely to be, and Microsoft didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. But there’s quite a lot of promise for a devoted Xbox streaming system. While the Xbox Series X has been extra available than the PS5, it’s nonetheless not the best console to come back by, and it prices lots of of {dollars}. A (presumably) cheaper streaming stick is likely to be a extra reasonably priced method for a lot of to take a look at the video games Microsoft affords through the cloud — together with, as of this month, Epic Games’ Fortnite.

And Microsoft isn’t simply working on a streaming system; it has an Xbox app for TVs within the works as properly. In November 2020, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer informed The Verge that “I believe you’re going to see that within the subsequent 12 months,” and whereas the corporate has missed that deadline, VentureBeat reported on May sixth that an Xbox game streaming app for Samsung sensible TVs “ought to debut throughout the subsequent 12 months.” VentureBeat mentioned the streaming system is about for someday within the subsequent 12 months, too.

While we don’t know precisely when Microsoft plans to share extra about these initiatives, it does have a giant showcase set for June twelfth.

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