An Xbox Cloud Streaming service has been rumored to be in the works at Microsoft for many years. But now the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer, seems to have teased an upcoming reveal by showing off the device hardware in an office photo put out by him on social media.
To coincide with this tease, while a only a rumor, this list of details regarding the Keystone streaming device came out…
- $99 with Xbox Series S|X controller.
- 4K HDR streaming (xCloud is currently capped at 1080p).
- Play games you own or from Xbox Game Pass.
- Remote play from Xbox consoles in your house (like Xbox Series S|X does).
- Full Xbox dashboard with support for parties, Discord and DVR, as well as other media apps like Netflix.
Back in May 2022, Microsoft confirmed the existence of “Project Keystone” after the name got leaked in a Windows system files update.
To quote a Microsoft rep at the time: “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.”
Would you be interested in an Xbox Cloud Streaming device? It would let you access Xbox Game Pass games from any screen, as long as it has a USB connection.