Phil Spencer Hints TV Streaming Sticks for xCloud

Alonzo Simpson
October 26, 2020

Microsoft executive vice-president for gaming Phil Spencer recently shared that insight in an interview with Stratechery while addressing the possibility of a tiered system for Xbox Game Pass.

There is also the possibility of the Xbox Game Pass Platinum coming later on.

"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 could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying the controller", he added.

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Xbox is available for the Xbox Series X and S with its Xbox All Access Financing Program, which allows lower monthly payments on the next gen consoles and access to the Xbox Game Pass. This is a bundle that Spencer is eager to experiment with in the future. Gaming that can be achieved with a streaming stick and game pass subscription. According to Windows Central's report, prior to E3 2016 Xbox was going to launch a Chromecast-like dongle codenamed "Hobart".

Still, with Spencer publicly stating this streaming stick option, it is possible that it could happen sooner rather than later, per The Verge. There is definitely room for extra layers, and the service is easily accessible beyond Android devices. Earlier this year, Microsoft partnered with Samsung, and it was only a matter of time before xCloud hit the Korean company's TVs.

The year 2021 will be a busy year for the Microsoft gaming department. We should start watching too xCloud will appear in Facebook Gaming next year.

"Touch controls have been one of the top-requested features for cloud gaming", Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft General Manager for xCloud, said in today's announcement. Still, not being on the App Store remains a challenge for xCloud despite its presence on Android devices. "I feel good about the solution we have", says Spencer.

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