MICROSOFT is working on a new console that works by streaming games over the cloud instead of discs.
Here’s everything we know so far.
What is Xbox Keystone?
In June 2021, Microsoft announced that it works on an Xbox streaming stick.
This device – known internally as a Keystone – would be connected to your TV and stream games over the internet.
A game console usually requires powerful and expensive hardware to render game graphics.
But by streaming the visuals from Microsoft servers over very fast internet connections, it’s possible to play games without a huge console.
This is similar to how Google Stadia works: you pay for a subscription and then stream games in a web browser.
Gaming companies believe that as internet speeds increase, it will become even more realistic to stream games online.
Instead of owning gaming consoles, simply pay for a Netflix-style subscription to access a library of titles online.
This would likely include Microsoft’s own games, including Halo.
Microsoft already offers such a system through Xbox Cloud Gaming for mobile devices.
But the streaming stick hasn’t been released yet.
Xbox Keystone release date and news
There is no release date for the Xbox Keystone yet.
But a recent report by Windows headquarters revealed that Microsoft was still developing the device.
Microsoft has issued a lengthy statement explaining why the process is taking so long.
“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, wherever they want,” said a Microsoft spokesman.
“As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that plugs into any TV or monitor without the need for a console.
“As part of every technical journey, we constantly evaluate our efforts, review our insights, and ensure we’re delivering value to our customers.
“We have made the decision to move away from the current iteration of the Keystone device.
“We will leverage what we have learned and focus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.”
Microsoft has not yet revealed exactly when the new gadget will appear.
And it’s unclear how much it would cost, although it’s sure to be significantly cheaper than a proper Xbox.
The good news is that Microsoft is planning a big Xbox event on June 12th that could feature some grim gaming updates.
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