Microsoft’s rumoured Xbox game streaming hardware may have been casually leaked by the company’s gaming boss Phil Spencer.
Spencer hasn’t confirmed or denied the mystery device is the streamer, codenamed Keystone, but it does seem quite likely. It looks like a miniature Xbox Series S and a streaming device, rather than a plug in HDMI stick like the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Spencer was posting about the 25th anniversary of Fallout, which is now under Microsoft’s control following its blockbuster purchase of Bethesda. But there on the shelf above Vault Boy and various other pieces of gaming paraphernalia was the mystery box, and followers were quick to jump on it. You can see it below in the centre of the top shelf.
Microsoft is yet to officially announce the streaming hardware, which would allow Game Pass subscribers to access their library wherever they roam, provided the title is available within Xbox in the Cloud.
However, in May this year, reports emerged claiming Microsoft planned to launch the device, which would be available within the next 12 months, as part of the company’s Xbox Everywhere initiative. Microsoft wants to liberate console gamers from needing a full-on console in order to enjoy the best of Xbox.
As I wrote in an opinion piece after the reports broke earlier this year, an Xbox streaming device will help to level the playing field for gamers who cannot afford to splash out for a brand new Xbox.
“Effectively, Microsoft’s Xbox Everywhere initiative would level the playing field for the haves and have nots. With Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming, Microsoft has the chance to take console gaming, well, post-console.”
“If Microsoft can bundle this device up for, say, about £80, with a controller and a month of Game Pass Ultimate included, it would be a wonderful alternate option. When doubled-up with the web apps already available for iPhone and iPad and the Xbox app for Android, the proposition just gets better.”
Perhaps the reality is coming sooner than anyone thought? It doesn’t seem like Phil Spencer is particularly trying to hide it either. The man is way too measured for this to be an accident.