Microsoft’s Xbox streaming console ‘Keystone’ was pushed back because of its price


Microsoft couldn’t fairly get to round $100 for its Keystone Xbox streaming console. It’s not absolutely over but, however we’d not see an analogous system for years.

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Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has revealed why the corporate delayed its plans to introduce an Xbox streaming console, speaking to Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel on The Verge’s Decoder podcast this week.

“It was costlier than we wished it to be after we truly constructed it out with the {hardware} that we had inside,” stated Spencer, discussing the Keystone prototype system that recently appeared on his office shelves. “We determined to focus that staff’s effort on delivering the good TV streaming app.”

Microsoft delivered an Xbox TV app in partnership with Samsung as a substitute, however it doesn’t imply the concept for a streaming-only Xbox console is absolutely over. “With Keystone, we’re nonetheless centered on it and watching after we can get the best value,” reveals Spencer.

Microsoft wished to purpose for round $129 or $99 for this Xbox streaming system, says Spencer, and hints that bundling a controller with the streaming console, in addition to Microsoft’s silicon element decisions, had pushed the worth up nearer to the $299 Xbox Sequence S.

The selection to bundle a controller matches what Microsoft historically does with its Xbox consoles and was additionally Google’s unique strategy to placing its discontinued Stadia cloud gaming service on TVs. However a cloud gaming TV stick or puck may assist any controller you have got if the {hardware} helps Bluetooth, so it’s attention-grabbing Microsoft particularly wished to bundle an Xbox controller, prone to make the person expertise really feel extra seamless.

A prototype Xbox streaming device sitting on a shelf

A prototype Xbox streaming device sitting on a shelf

a:hover]:text-black [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black text-gray-13″>Keystone on high of Phil Spencer’s shelf.
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Certainly, Spencer says the Keystone prototype “seems to be like an Xbox with the person interface and every thing works.” Now the system is simply hanging out on his shelf within the workplace. “The explanation it’s on my shelf is as a result of the staff rolled up their sleeves, and in 9 months, they constructed that factor,” says Spencer. “A bunch of us took it dwelling, and it labored. It labored actually, rather well.”

Now it seems to be prefer it’ll be fairly a while earlier than we see something comparable. “Will we do a streaming system sooner or later? I think we’ll, however I believe it’s years away,” stated Spencer in a recent Wall Street Journal live conference.

The complete Decoder interview with Phil Spencer additionally covers Call of Duty on PlayStation, Xbox {hardware} provide, sport streaming, Apple’s App Retailer guidelines, and far more. You’ll be able to hearken to the entire interview above or read along and listen here.


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