Xbox only streaming console coming soon
VentureBeat reports that Microsoft plans to release a streaming device that will allow people to play Xbox games without a console “in the next 12 months.” VentureBeat, a device compared to the Amazon Fire TV or Roku – will allow customers to access the Xbox Game Pass library via Xbox Cloud Gaming with streaming movie and TV platforms.
VentureBeat also reports that Microsoft is working on a native app for Samsung Smart TV that will allow display owners to access Xbox cloud gaming services without having to purchase the stand-alone streaming device mentioned above. According to VentureBeat, the app will also be available within the next year. This will probably work similarly to the app for Nvidia’s game-streaming service, GeForce Now, which was launched on LG TV earlier this year.
Apps and streaming devices are part of Microsoft’s long-running plan to increase access to Xbox games by removing access barriers – in particular, the need to purchase gaming consoles that cost hundreds of dollars. The company announced the day before that it has teamed up with Epic Games to make it playable in the Fortnite browser via Xbox Cloud Gaming. For Xbox streaming devices and smart TV apps, Microsoft had already stated during E3 2021 that it was working on those things.
We’re working with global TV makers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into Internet-connected TVs, so you just want to play Controller, “said Liz Hamren, corporate vice president for gaming experience and platforms. Microsoft. “Beyond that, we’re also developing stand-alone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so you can stream your Xbox experience if you have a strong Internet connection.”