Microsoft plans to offer a new way to play Xbox games without a traditional console, VentureBeat claims. To do this, the company is reportedly working on a streaming stick that will connect to TVs. The post claims that the streaming device and TV app will be available to gamers in 2023.
The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant first announced it was making an Xbox-branded streaming device as well as a streaming app for smart TVs in June this year. last. Although the company hasn’t offered any updates on the progress of the project, the device, along with the app, is now not expected to launch until next year.
VentureBeat’s sources suggest the device will resemble Amazon’s Fire TV Stick which will allow users to access the Xbox Game Pass library through Xbox Cloud Gaming, as well as movie and TV streaming platforms. The report also suggests that Microsoft is working closely with Samsung on a native app for its smart TVs that would allow customers to stream Xbox games without investing in standalone hardware.
Microsoft has openly said for years that it wants to offer Xbox games without any barriers. Simply put, the company sees the future where consoles will no longer be required to play high-quality AAA titles. That being said, Microsoft continues to invest in building its own console. The Xbox Series X/S, which competes with Sony’s PlayStation 5, are the latest generation consoles.
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The secret to Microsoft’s plan to be console-free is its Xbox Game Pass service which has over 25 million paying subscribers. Xbox Game Pass, often dubbed “Netflix for video games,” is getting bigger and stronger. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs Rs 499 per month and gives subscribers access to hundreds of games, EA Play and discounts, as well as Xbox Gold.
Microsoft added iconic Bethesda games to its Xbox Game Pass service last year after buying the owner of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and other major game franchises for $7.5 billion. The company recently announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Activision makes popular game franchises such as Call of Duty.