Xbox Live is back in the drawing board

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Xbox confirmed it’s still developing a file Low cost flow stick Designed to bring Game Pass to the masses by taking away from the console. However, the company appears to have hit a snag with the latest hardware in development and is now pivoting towards a new approach.

The xCloud streaming device was first announced in June 2021 along with plans to bring the non-device required Xbox Game Pass app to supported TVs. The company had previously teased Xbox streaming stick, stating that a device that you can connect to a TV or monitor to stream games is in development. Recently, a product with the codename “Keystone” appeared in the list of the Xbox operating system.

In a statement to Windows CentralA Microsoft spokesperson reiterated Xbox’s intentions to release a cloud gaming dongle, but acknowledged that the concept in development needed to be scrapped.

Our vision for Xbox Cloud gaming is consistent, and our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, and wherever they want. As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that can be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console,” a Microsoft spokesperson stated.

As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing what we have learned, and making sure that we deliver value to our clients. We’ve made the decision to move away from the current iteration of the Keystone. We’ll take what we’ve learned and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.

We don’t know much about live streaming apart from its goal of lowering the barrier to entry to access Xbox Cloud Gaming, which includes hundreds of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, along with TV shows, movies, and other media. It may take the form of a Roku Streaming Stick or it may be a larger box with an Ethernet port and USB connections. Early leaks show a mini hub with Ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports, and a similar look to the Xbox Series S.

Whatever the case, this device can’t arrive soon enough; While the stock is slowly approaching demand, buying the latest Xbox at retail price remains a challenge. Even if you manage to get one, it will cost you $300 minimum for Xbox S and 500 dollars for Series X. A low-cost streaming stick can benefit both consumers and Xbox, giving the former a cheaper way to experience modern games while the latter earning a steady stream of income through subscriptions.

It will be interesting to see how all this goes, especially since then Xbox intends to bring cloud gaming app to select TVseliminating the need for Completely extra hardware. The last thing we heard about the streaming device is that it can reach Within the next 12 months. I won’t hold my breath. After all, Xbox head Phil Spencer said in November 2020 that we’ll see the Xbox app on TVs in 12 months and he doesn’t think anything will stop us from doing so. We’re here in 2022, and we’re still frantically pressing “update” on retailer sites for the chance to spend big on a console.

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