Microsoft has confirmed that its much anticipated Xbox streaming device is still in the works, but said that it has shelved an iteration of the technology. Microsoft has been developing the device, called “Keystone”, to run Xbox Game Pass – the company’s videogame subscription service for the Xbox console – as well as its cloud gaming service.
In a statement to Windows Central, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “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.”
The company first announced its intention to release a streaming device in June 2021. At the time, Liz Hamren, Head of Gaming Experiences and Platforms at Microsoft said: “We’re…developing a standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong Internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience”.
Microsoft is also currently developing an Xbox app for TVs. Hamren previously stated: ”We’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into Internet-connected TVs so all you’ll need to play is a controller.”