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Xbox Shelves ‘Keystone’ Cloud Gaming Dongle

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Andrew Heinzman / Geek Review

Microsoft delivered a huge disappointment to fans of the emerging cloud gaming industry this week. In an interview with the Wall Street JournalXbox boss Phil Spencer stated that the company is not moving forward with its cloud gaming dongle dubbed “Keystone.”

Gamers have anticipated an Xbox streaming stick for over a year. And there have been some mixed messages from the company along the way. So it is good to have some resolution regarding this particular device. Here is the relevant part of the Daily audio interview tweeted by the edge Senior Editor Tom Warren:

“Keystone was something we were incubating internally. In the late spring we switched to working with Samsung. I still have the prototype… will we make a streaming device at some point? I hope we do, but it’s years away.”

Cloud gaming is a huge potential market for Microsoft. According to 9to5Google, Xbox Cloud Gaming recently surpassed 20 million lifetime players. That number has doubled since May, when Microsoft revealed that 10 million gamers had tried the cloud gaming platform.

It’s easy to see the appeal of cloud gaming. Removing the requirement to own a game console to play your favorite games opens up a whole world of possibilities for gamers, game developers, hardware manufacturers, and retailers. Unfortunately, it was not the time for this game streaming dongle to break into the world.

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While Keystone may never see the light of day, there are still plenty of options to play with Microsoft.

Sources: the edge, 9to5Google



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