Xbox Cloud Gaming Streaming Stick. Microsoft revealed last year that they would be working on some sort of streaming device in other to enable their users to play cloud-based video games without a console or even a PC. Unfortunately, in the time since then, Microsoft has never talked on the topic.
Well, now it seems like the device in question is very much in active development, although it seems like there is still a lot to be uncovered concerning its core design and capabilities.
Xbox Cloud Gaming Streaming Stick
A confirmation has been gotten from Microsoft that the company would be working on a “Modernized HDMI Streaming device that runs Xbox Game Pass and its cloud gaming service.”
Although a spokesperson confirmed that the streaming device is indeed already in the works, that person was not able to reveal any other details concerning it, stating that only Microsoft has decided “to Pivot away from the current iteration” of the device. What this means is that it could actually take some time before we would get an official reveal.
At the moment, it is still in development bearing the name project Keystone, the game streaming dongle has been an active project for the past few years, as stated in some reports. Currently, Amazon and Google have shipped their very own Luna and Stadia gaming bundles with Chromecasts and Fire TV sticks, respectively, despite Microsoft’s most popular cloud-based game streaming service available out there.
Great Hardware Yet to be Revealed
Microsoft has not given any details concerning the game streaming stick, except the fact that it can be “connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.” The devices have been expected to boot a watered-down version of windows or the operating system of Xbox, but there is no certainty concerning how long it is going to pan out.
KeyStone was first unearthed by data miners Tero Alhonen in March who found a reference to KeyStone Lurking alongside other recognized codenames for Xbox Hardware. Whether Microsoft goes for in-house software on its game streaming stick or carries Google’s Android to put more services at the disposal of users remains to be seen.
Xbox Game EcoSystem
But it seems like the KeyStone is another Step taken by Microsoft to put the Xbox Game ecosystem on more devices than just consoles, PCs, and Smartphones. Cloud-based game streaming takes out the hassle of spending big bucks on dedicated game hardware, and adding a plug-and-play streaming stick is just another way of adding more versatility to the entire ecosystem.
The Xbox and Bethesda games showcase scheduled have been scheduled for June 12, but do not be surprised by any kind of surprise streaming stick announcement there, seeing as it has been speculated by windows central that there is no one in the cards.