“As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game streaming device codenamed Keystone that can connect to any TV or monitor without the need for a console,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters window center“We have decided to abandon the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our experience and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to make Xbox cloud gaming available to players around the world in the future. More players.”
Last year, Microsoft comfirmed It’s making an Xbox video game streaming stick and incorporating the technology into smart TVs. “We’re working on standalone streaming devices that can be plugged into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience,” the company said at the time.
With Stadia not lighting up the market as much as Google hoped, Microsoft may be evaluating its own project. “As part of any technology journey, we continually evaluate our efforts, review our learnings, and ensure we deliver value to our customers,” the spokesperson said.
Xbox cloud gaming (nee xCloud) has rolled out to PC, mobile and Xbox consoles as part of a $15 per month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — though it’s still technically in beta for almost a year After widespread rolloutHowever, Stadia will run on Google’s relatively inexpensive Chromecast devices, NVIDIA Shield TV, and numerous smart TVs. Microsoft is clearly wary of its own streaming device, so it doesn’t look like it’s launching in the near future.
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