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Microsoft’s “Keystone” Xbox Streaming Console Was Delayed Because of Price

Microsoft’s Xbox Streaming device is on indefinite hold because of how much it costs, confirms the company’s gaming head.


There has been plenty of renewed interest in 's Xbox Streaming device in recent months. When Microsoft gaming chief tweeted a photo showing the device, many thought it was imminent. Spencer has since said it is years from release and in a new interview, he says cost is the reason the device has not been released yet.

Peaking to The Verge on the Decoder podcast this week, Spencer says the device known as “Keystone” is currently too expensive:

“It was more expensive than we wanted it to be when we actually built it out with the hardware that we had inside,” says Spencer “We decided to focus that team's effort on delivering the smart TV streaming app.”

The streaming app is the Xbox TV app that made its debut this year on Samsung smart TVs. It provides users with access to and on their TVs without a console.

While it is exclusive to Samsung at the moment, the Xbox TV app would likely be at the heart of any Xbox Streaming device.

Microsoft was looking at a retail price of between $99 and $129 for the streaming device. However, Spencer says building the device and adding a controller was only manageable with a retail price of $299.

That is more than just some wiggle room which is why Spencer has previously said the device is years away. Microsoft is waiting for better technology that it can add for cheaper it seems.

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SourceThe Verge
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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