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 ›
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 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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