Microsoft plans to launch its long-awaited streaming-only Xbox device within the next 12 months, as well as an app for smart TVs.
Several industry insiders such as Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat and Tom Warren of The Verge have reported in recent days on the company’s Xbox Everywhere to make Xbox games available on a wider range of devices than just its home consoles.
In 2021, the company officially launched Xbox Cloud Gaming. It’s part of its Game Pass service, which gives players access to over 300 games. Previously, gamers had to install these games on their consoles, but the integration of Cloud Gaming allows users to stream the games instantly not only to their consoles, but also to their Android and iOS devices, as well as via the web on PC.
The last whispers echo comments from Liz Hamren, Head of Game Experiences and Platforms at Microsoft, in mid-2021, when she told reporters during a pre-E3 briefing: We’re working with global TV makers to bring the Game Pass experience right into internet-connected TVs so everything you’ll need to play is a controller. We also develop standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience.
In his report, Grubb says Xbox engineers are working closely with Samsung to develop an app for its smart TVs that is expected to debut within the next year. He also states that the cloud game streaming device will also launch in the same time frame and would have a form factor similar to devices like Amazon’s Fire Sticks or Roku’s small dongles.
Xbox is already having a lot of success with cloud gaming, and recently hit a milestone of 10 million streaming users.