Project xCloud streaming sticks could arrive in the future

Ruben Fields
October 25, 2020

Hardware like a controller and a USB stick could come alongside an Xbox Game Pass Platinum tier, which could reach the market on top of the basic tier and the Ultimate, which now includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass on console and PC, and the streaming option.

Bill Spencer, head of Microsoft Gaming and Xbox, has pointed out that the company is planning TV streaming sticks for its xCloud cloud gaming service.

"I think you'll see low-priced devices within our ecosystem - something like streaming key fobs and other devices that you can simply plug into your TV and start playing through xCloud , " said the executive. "You can imagine that we even have something that we just added to the Game Pass subscription that lets you stream xCloud games to your TV and buy the controller". As we move towards the next generation with the Xbox Series X and S release date on November 10th, we need to see if this vibrant expansion will pay off.

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This isn't to say Spencer is against the idea of console hardware altogether. In Canada, All Access is exclusive to EB Games. In the same Stratechery interview, he also mooted the idea of an Xbox Game Pass Platinum tier that would guarantee access to new hardware as part of the subscription. It sounds like the company might be open to similar scenarios in the future. "Or to force someone to buy my specific device on the day that I want them to go buy it, in order to partake in what gaming is about". "Gaming is bigger than any one device", he told GamesIndustry earlier this year.

Xbox Game Pass and xCloud are already fairly versatile when it comes to most mobile and PC devices. Those games include the Doom franchise, the Wolfenstein franchise, The Elder Scrolls series, and the upcoming Starfield. Microsoft has only compiled xCloud game streaming with its highest Xbox Game Pass Ultimate layer (99 14.99 per month) so far.

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. In addition, it is very interested in overcoming price constraints.

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