Game streaming is becoming the main focus for many gaming companies right now. Nvidia’s been bringing its GeForce Now service to all sorts of devices including TVs, and the company’s new keynote had a focus on game streaming, but it’s hard to go past Microsoft’s damned good value efforts with GamePass and its potential when integrated with streaming.
Being able to stream and play games, regardless of the hardware you own is certainly appealing, and bundling Xbox’s game subscription service into that gives players loads of potential options. There are a seriously large amount of great games offered on Microsoft’s service.
Windows Central has recently got word that Microsoft is working on an inexpensive and cheap dongle option for people to stream and play via Xbox Cloud Gaming. The concept is similar to something like a Chromecast but for running Microsoft’s gaming platform. It’s currently named Keystone and while it’s been rumoured for a while, this is our first time hearing any official verification of the device. It sounds like an official release could still be a fair while off though.
“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. 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,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Windows Central.
“As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and ensuring we are bringing value to our customers. We have made the decision to pivot away from 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 deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.”