Phil Spencer enjoys using his Twitter feed to tease new developments at Xbox, and this particular device could herald an exciting new future for the brand. Spencer’s latest bookshelf tweet included an old prototype of the Xbox Keystone Streaming Device, causing many to wonder if an official reveal was imminent.
However, based on a statement Xbox provided to Eurogamer, it sounds like this was more of a hint at a new direction for Keystone than anything else. “The device on Phil’s shelf was an old Keystone prototype,” he says in part. “Earlier this year, we announced that we’ve made the decision to move away from the current iteration of Keystone and we’re building on our learnings to refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.” .”
This statement is extremely similar to another that Xbox issued earlier this year. In May, Windows Central reported that Microsoft is developing a streaming device or box that would use cloud gaming technology codenamed Keystone. That prompted Microsoft to confirm that the project was in the works, but that the company decided to “walk away” from that prototype. So, in other words, there’s very little news here, other than Phil Spencer revealing the box to us all.
Make no mistake: while Stadia may have failed spectacularly, there is definitely a future for cloud gaming, and Xbox knows it. The continued popularity of Xbox Game Pass has seen Microsoft perform well in that sector, so it’s only a matter of time before we see what the next version of Keystone really is.
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