Microsoft is a leader in cloud gaming and its ecosystem continues to grow on this front. For over a year, we’ve known that the company has been working on developing a standalone Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming stick that plugs into a TV or display. Additionally, a native Smart TV app is also on the way.
That streaming-focused future could very well be coming next year. More recently VentureBeatis Jeff Grubb and Tom Warren from The edge back up the story that Microsoft’s next major change is on the way. Grubb says the Xbox streaming stick or “Roku-like puck” could launch “within the next 12 months.”
In November 2020, Xbox head Phil Spencer first talked about the possibility of being able to stream games directly to a TV or display without a console. Later last year, Spencer confirmed the development of both a streaming device and a native TV app that could function as an Xbox Cloud Gaming portal.
However, since then, Microsoft has remained silent on when this concept will become a reality. Both Grubb and Warren refer to an “Xbox Everywhere” initiative that Microsoft is working on. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to hear a lot more about it in the months to come,” Warren says. Based on the name, it’s likely you can take your games and progress with you from a console in one room, to a smartphone and to a TV in another.
Fortnite free on Xbox Cloud Gaming is part of Microsoft’s “Xbox Everywhere” initiative, which I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about in the coming months. xCloud is preparing for more markets, more games and more devices pic.twitter.com/FvRtlZUJTm
—Tom Warren (@tomwarren) May 5, 2022
Last week, Microsoft and Epic Games launched Fortnite on Xbox Cloud Gaming. This release is important for several reasons. First, the company prioritizes launching a free game on its service. It also does not require an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Second, Epic Games and Fortnite have been banned from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Launching on Xbox Cloud Gaming dismisses the ban. Microsoft and Epic are restoring the ability to play Fortnite on iOS and Android devices.
Finally, while it’s just one title, it’s another step up to a reality where a player’s entire library can be accessed through Xbox Cloud Gaming. This is something Microsoft has been considering since day one of this initiative. As more devices and options are integrated, the ecosystem is effectively opening up to more gamers.
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Source: The edge