Microsoft has put all the rumors to rest by officially acknowledging that it is working on a streaming stick codenamed “Keystone” to offer Xbox Cloud Gaming through a more affordable dongle.
However, the company said it will need more time before it hits the market, Windows Central reports.
Originally announced in June 2021, the company has now decided to “turn away” from the current iteration of its streaming dongle to reportedly explore other iterations before launching it to market.
“Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to empower people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, wherever they want. As announced last year, we have been working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that plugs into any TV or monitor without the need for a console,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Windows Central.
“As part of any engineering journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, evaluating our lessons and making sure we add value to our customers. We have made the decision to move away from the current version of the Keystone device. We will take our lessons and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will enable us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.”
For the inexperienced, “Keystone” is an affordable HDMI streaming device from Microsoft that aims to make streaming Xbox games via the cloud accessible to more and more people. It can run Xbox Game Pass and its cloud gaming service.
Windows Central speculates that the cloud gaming stick could eventually run on some sort of “slimmed down” Windows or Xbox operating system, allowing Microsoft to offer its own streaming media apps like Microsoft Movies & TV.
Since the company has not yet made a decision on the final version of the product, it is very unlikely that the streaming device will be launched any time soon. Stay tuned for more updates!