Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has revealed that the corporate’s Xbox game streaming console is now “years away.” Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference yesterday, Spencer mentioned the Xbox game streaming machine, Keystone, that we saw appear on his shelf recently.
“Keystone was the codename of something we were incubating internally, which was … a streaming console, so there’s no local gameplay, low-cost, plug it into a TV, and you’d be able to stream Xbox games,” mentioned Spencer. “In the late spring, we pivoted to working with Samsung. We put an app on Samsung TVs that let you play Xbox games, and I still have the prototype; it sits on the shelf behind my computer.”
While Keystone was a prototype, Microsoft did originally announce last year that it was planning to launch this Xbox streaming machine. But it’s now not coming anytime quickly. “Will we do a streaming device at some point? I suspect we will, but I think it’s years away,” says Spencer.
It’s not clear precisely why Microsoft has pivoted away from a devoted Xbox streaming console, nevertheless it might be associated to the scale. Keystone appears like an excellent smaller model of the Xbox Series S, however shoppers at the moment are used to units just like the Chromecast which are basically dongles that hang around of an HDMI port. Microsoft was all the time cautious to explain Keystone as a “streaming device” moderately than a stick, however many had been nonetheless anticipating a devoted streaming stick as a substitute.
Microsoft nonetheless has some work to do on Xbox Cloud Gaming itself earlier than it’s totally prepared for TVs, too. While the corporate has managed to launch an Xbox TV app on Samsung TVs, it solely helps streaming video games at 1080p at as much as 60fps. Rival providers like Google Stadia (RIP) and Nvidia’s GeForce Now each provide 4K streaming to TVs.