Xbox Cloud Gaming is a cross-platform platform available for Android, Windows, and iOS devices. It allows gamers to access and play Xbox games on any supporting device. Microsoft has now confirmed Xbox Keystone for Xbox Cloud Gaming, the first hardware for the platform.
Rumors of the Xbox Keystone have been circling for some time, at least from the first previews of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud). It is a stick for the platform that allows users to stream Xbox games to their TV.
While those rumors cooled, Microsoft has now confirmed it is developing the Xbox Keystone device. Speaking to Windows Central, a spokesman for Microsoft says that Keystone is real but changes are being made to make it different from its current iteration:
“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’ve been working on a game-streaming device, codename Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.
As part of any technical journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings, and ensuring we are bringing value to our customers. We have made the decision to pivot away from the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.”
According to the report, Microsoft could be working on putting an OS onto the stick, such as Xbox OS or Windows. That would allow Keystone to also become a content stick like Google’s Chromecast, allowing TV, movies, and apps.
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