Xbox’s streaming console is still “years” away from release, though it’s done

HEAD of Xbox Gaming Phil Spencer has revealed it will be years before it releases its streaming-only console.

Codenamed Project Keystone, the console plugs into your TV or monitor to play games streamed via Game Pass.

Phil Spencer reveals the finished design to the world.


Phil Spencer reveals the finished design to the world.Credit: Phil Spencer

Xbox strives to create a budget-friendly console so everyone can afford to play the latest games.

The Xbox Series S is one of the most affordable latest generation consoles out there.

Design and development for the Keystone is complete and the model that Spencer showed to the public is fully functional.

As transcribed from VGCSpencer said, “The reason it’s on my shelf is because the team rolled up their sleeves and built this thing in nine months.

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“And a couple of us took it home and it worked. It worked really, really well.”

However, Spencer has admitted that it may be many years before the release of the Keystone becomes a reality.

This is because the development costs would make the retail price too similar to the Xbox Series S.

He continued, “The console we built that people have seen now, Keystone, was more expensive than we wanted when we actually built it with the hardware we had in it.

“With Keystone [we’re] still focused on it [and] when can we get the right cost.”

“But if you have the $299 (£240) Series S and you see price action over the holidays

“I think for a streaming-only box to make sense, the price delta to S has to be pretty significant.

Spencer wants the Keystone to come with a controller so people can play games from day one.

However, this drives up the cost of the hardware until the company no longer wants to release it at that price point.

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He explains, “I don’t want to specifically announce the prices, but I think you need to be somewhere between $129 and $99 (£85-110) for that to make sense to me.”

“We just weren’t there. We weren’t there with the controller.”

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