Monday, May 09, 2022
Microsoft is planning to launch a dedicated Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming device for televisions within the next year, according to a report from VentureBeat.
According to journalist Jeff Grubb (who has a good track record with this stuff) Microsoft is working on an Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming device, which will “look like an Amazon First Stick” or a “Roku-like puck”. Like those device's, Microsoft's stick will plug into your TV and allow access to movie and TV service, as well as a library of cloud games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Additionally, Microsoft is reportedly working with Samsung to bring an Xbox Cloud Gaming app to Samsung TVs, as well, cutting out the need for a console or even a streaming stick, although a controller would still be needed, presumably. Both the stick and the app are due to launch within the next twelve months
Xbox has previously confirmed that smart TVs and “dedicated streaming devices” were in the works for Xbox Cloud Gaming, but this new report gives us an idea of when it will be launching, and how it's likely to look when it does. Xbox Cloud Gaming first arrived on mobile devices in beta last year, before coming to PC, and then even to Xbox consoles.