Rumors about the preparation of a set-top box from Microsoft, which will provide access to the gaming cloud service Xbox Cloud Gaming, have been circulating for more than a year – this should be some kind of analogue of Chromecast for Google Stadia. A device codenamed Project Hobart was previously reported to have been canceled, and now Microsoft is working on another project tentatively named Keystone.
After the resource Windows headquarters Indeed, citing a Microsoft representative, the set-top box is in the works – the company wants to prepare several versions of the gadget in order to bring the best option to the market. The meaning of the project does not change – the manufacturer is trying to lower the threshold for entry into the Xbox ecosystem.
Here is how a Microsoft representative commented on the work on the project: “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, where they want. As announced last year, we’re working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that plugs into any TV or monitor without a console. As part of each technical cycle, we constantly evaluate our efforts, analyzing what we’ve learned and making sure we’re giving our customers what they need. We have made the decision to discontinue the current version of the Keystone device. We will review the information and focus our efforts on a new version that will allow us to bring Xbox cloud gaming to more players around the world.”.
In other words, the company has been working on a new product for more than a year and is continuously refining its features. A cheap device can certainly be an interesting proposition for consumers who don’t feel the need for a full-fledged performance console. It was previously reported that Microsoft may implement cloud gaming access through an application for smart TVs.