As Microsoft and Xbox move into the next generation of gaming, it’s not just the Xbox Series X or S that there is to be excited about. It’s also the constant expansion of Xbox Game Pass and the new xCloud game streaming service. Microsoft has poured a ton of resources into moving the Game Pass and xCloud forward, and in a recent interview, Xbox lead Phil Spencer teased the possibility of both being bundled into a TV stick to access Game Pass without a console.
This interesting tidbit was revealed by Phil Spencer in an interview posted on Stratechery on October 22, 2020. In the interview, Spencer opined on the expanding future of the xCloud program and Xbox Game Pass’s opportunities alongside it. Part of that was the consideration of additional tiers to xCloud and Game Pass, including a possible one that might be offered as a TV stick instead of asking users to get a console or other Microsoft enabled device.
EA Play. With the launch of xCloud allowing players to access Microsoft’s cloud streaming service to play Xbox games on various enabled devices, such as laptops, mobile devices, and more, a TV stick making use of Microsoft’s gaming programs makes sense. It’s part of a vision Phil Spencer has to make the Xbox ecosystem ever more affordable and accessible.
“I think you’re going to see lower priced hardware as part of our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that somebody might want to just go plug into their TV and go play via xCloud,” Spencer explained. “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.”
It’s all hearsay right now, but given how everything already feels built to allow it to happen, an Xbox Game Pass and xCloud TV stick makes a lot of sense. As we move towards the next generation with Xbox Series X and S’s launch date on November 10, it will remain to be seen if this wistful expansion comes to fruition.