Xbox says its streaming device for cloud gaming is now “years away”

Last year, Microsoft announced that it was working on a new Xbox streaming device for cloud gaming. Earlier this month, the prototype Xbox streamer leaked out in a tweet from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, seen in the image above. Now, during an interview at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference, Phil Spencer said the project is “years away.” When asked about the streaming device, Spencer said “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. 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.” He then later said “Will we do a streaming device at some point? I suspect we will, but I think it’s years away.”

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Microsoft to release TV apps and its own streaming device for Xbox cloud gaming

There have been rumors of Microsoft releasing its own hardware for cloud gaming through its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service for many years but now it’s actually happening. The company announced that it is building a standalone streaming device that can be plugged into a TV for xCloud gaming. It also announced that TV apps for xCloud, which currently only supports mobile devices, are coming soon. Read more ›

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Summary of Apple TV, Xbox, and PlayStation news from WWDC and E3

Yesterday was the start of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, where they revealed some new features coming to the Apple TV. It was also the start of E3, the big gaming conference where Microsoft talked about the Xbox’s future and Sony talked about the PlayStation’s future. Here’s a summary of the announcements related to streaming media.
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Microsoft reportedly launching two ‘Xbox TV’ devices next month


Microsoft is reportedly planning to unveil a pair of “Xbox TV” devices next month at E3. One device will be similar to a Chromecast and require an Xbox One to stream content to it. It would allow Xbox One owners to use their console, including playing games, on a second TV without having to move the console. The second, and more interesting device, is more inline to be a competitor to the Amazon Fire TV and other similar streaming devices. While it too will have the ability to stream Xbox One games from a main console, it will also be able to install universal apps and basic games from the Microsoft store.

Since the Xbox One console has apps for most of the major streaming services, it’s safe to assume an “Xbox TV” device will as well. The Xbox One does have an Amazon Video app. While the app does not allow you to purchase content directly, you can stream Prime content and Amazon Video content that has been purchased elsewhere. An “Xbox TV” device that is compatible with the existing Amazon Video app for the Xbox One would be the third option for consumers looking for a streaming box with an official Amazon Video app. The other two being Fire TV and Roku devices.

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