Microsoft teases TV streaming stick for playing Xbox games

24 Octobre, 2020, 22:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer hints at xCloud TV streaming sticks and Xbox Game Pass Platinum

Reported by The Verge, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that they are looking into getting the video game streaming service on more devices in the future as they plan to make gaming more accessible through the Xbox ecosystem. "You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying the controller".

(Pocket-lint) - Just when we thought that we'd got a handle on xCloud - or Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, to use its full release title - along comes a juicy rumour to throw a spanner in the works.

Spencer has been talking up the idea of moving beyond the traditional Xbox console ecosystem for some time, repeatedly espousing a games-first approach.

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While a TV streaming stick would likely be a far cheaper device, it would still require an uncapped Internet connection to be suitable for game streaming.

Microsoft already partnered with Samsung to promote Xbox Game Streaming, guaranteeing it a huge audience when it left Preview, but low-priced streaming sticks, as we've already seen with movies and TV, will drive a lot of interest from households who can't afford, or don't want, a full-service gaming console.

With the battle for virtualized gaming now in full swing, thanks to the likes of GeForce Now from NVIDIA, Amazon's Luna, and of course Google Stadia, the idea of a low-priced alternative to an Xbox console is likely to disrupt any projections those other companies had. In the same interview, the head of Xbox actually mentioned the possibility of a new "Xbox Game Pass Platinum" tier that would include access to new Xbox hardware.

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