Game streaming is a clear focus for many companies right now. Nvidia is bringing its GeForce Now service to all types of devices, including TVs (opens in new tab), and the company’s latest keynote focused on streaming infrastructure. Sony still renewed your PlayStation Plus (opens in new tab) to include cloud streaming options, but it’s hard to go beyond Microsoft’s Value Efforts with GamePass (opens in new tab) and its potential when integrated with streaming.
Being able to stream and play games regardless of what hardware you have is definitely appealing, and bundled with Xbox gaming subscription service that gives gamers plenty of potential options. There are a very large amount of great games offered on the Microsoft service, may be getting a family plan soon (opens in new tab)and now more people can have a chance to play them.
Windows Central (opens in new tab) I recently learned that Microsoft is working on an affordable dongle option for people to stream and play games via Xbox Cloud Gaming. The idea is similar to something like a Chromecast, but to run Microsoft’s gaming platform. It’s currently codenamed Keystone, and while it’s been rumored for some time, this is the first time we’ve heard any official confirmation of the device. It looks like an official release might still take a while.
“Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, anywhere they want. As announced last year, we are 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 told Windows Central.
“As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings and ensuring that we are delivering value to our customers. We have made the decision to abandon the current iteration of the Keystone device. will enable us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.”
While this commitment to low-end hardware looks promising, this statement also implies that we shouldn’t expect to see Keystone on sale for a while. It looks like Microsoft still has a lot of work to do on this project before it sees the light of day. But it could be that the next generation of consoles will actually be a lot smaller than our current behemoths, if game streaming has anything to say about it.