Microsoft is working on their very own streaming dongle, which is being tested empirically, according to a report from Windows Central. The new gaming platform, which will be known as Microsoft “Keystone”, will enable the company to extend the reach of its existing cloud gaming offerings, which include Xbox Cloud Gaming as well as Games Pass.
Keystone might eventually run a slimmed-down version of Windows or Xbox OS, based on the fact that “Keystone” first showed up in an OS list with other Xbox platforms such as “ERA” and “GameOS.” As for the streaming device, it will work with a TV or monitor, so it won’t require a standalone gaming console.
It integrates Xbox Cloud Gaming as well as Game Pass Ultimate. The device may also stream movies, TV shows, or games to compete with Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, and others. Microsoft may launch an Xbox game-streaming application for smart TVs alongside Samsung. No details are provided about the streaming device or gaming app.
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In a response to Windows Central, a Microsoft official underlined its dedication to eliminating Xbox content limitations via low-cost hardware, while conceding that Keystone needed more time to prepare before going public. Keystone’s exact release date is still up in the air, especially not before the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda Showcase on June 12.
A statement to Windows Central stated,
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.