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Microsoft is reportedly making an Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming device

A new rumor states that Microsoft plans to roll out an Xbox streaming device within the next year.

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Cloud gaming has been a clear priority at Microsoft and Xbox over the past several years, offering ways for gamers to play the biggest games on devices that aren’t consoles. Cloud gaming is accessible on phones, computers, and tablets, and may soon be expanding even further. According to a new report, Microsoft will soon release a physical Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming device.

This report comes from GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who states that the move to release a cloud gaming streaming device is a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Everywhere initiative. Such a device would allow players to access and enjoy a catalog of titles from Xbox Game Pass on televisions. What’s more, the device will also let users stream movies and TV shows. The report compares it to a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick.

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In addition to the physical cloud streaming device, Microsoft is also working on an Xbox cloud game app for Samsung Smart TVs. This would essentially work the same way as the streaming device, but without the need for a physical puck.

If true, this would be just the latest move by Microsoft to expand the Xbox empire beyond the confines of the console itself. Cloud gaming has been a major entry point for the brand, and the company has been investing a lot into it as of late. Most recently, Xbox Cloud Gaming allowed Fortnite to return to iOS devices after nearly two years. Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny any of the information shared in the report.

The report states that Microsoft will release both the Xbox Cloud Gaming device as well as the Xbox Cloud Gaming Samsung app within the next 12 months. With the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase announced for this June, could we possibly see it announced then? For future updates, you can stick with us here on Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    May 9, 2022 8:40 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Microsoft is reportedly making an Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming device

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      May 9, 2022 8:46 AM

      /checks year.

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      May 9, 2022 11:50 AM

      Gonna have to be priced at under $100 including a controller. Probably ideally around $70 given the limitations it’ll have versus XSX.

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        May 9, 2022 12:32 PM

        Also, I’ll add that I would actually be interested in one of these. Not as a primary device but to put on a secondary TV it would be nice for chill GamePass games like Life is Strange, etc.

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      May 9, 2022 12:06 PM

      I've commented in chatty many times over the years; this is pretty much the future of consoles. Some executives have said there will likely be another gen of hardware consoles after this now current generation, but I'm not as certain about that. If they do another kind of upgrade... PS5 Pro or Series X+ or something, then that could easily extend the life of the current generation to the point Sony and MS could decide to end hardware at that point.

      Do I think it will happen? I'm only 40% that it would happen now instead of one last round of hardware. But I think that % jumps if they do a Pro upgrade to the hardware, but at the 5yr mark. Sony and MS have a really good view of what Switch is doing, being 5yrs old, only getting a minor bump so far, and still going incredibly strong. As long as demand for PS5 and Series X/S maintain this pace for another year, there's little reason for them to push for another round of hardware at a set date.

      Do I think this will eventually and end hardware console? Yes. The upside to Sony and MS is just too high for it not to. It effectively kills piracy. Or, at least makes it very hard to pirate the code out of their server environment.

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      May 9, 2022 1:15 PM

      The steaming quality isn’t that great. There’s dithering, low quality lighting and it overall just doesn’t look as nice. Are they still streaming off Xbox One S? Or did they upgrade?

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        May 9, 2022 1:22 PM

        They're Series X machines now.

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        May 9, 2022 1:41 PM

        I agree with this and hope/expect that it’ll get better.

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        May 9, 2022 1:42 PM

        The input latency is the real DQ for me. I use streaming services to play online games on my MacBook and it’s just not workable for anything other than getting quests/missions done. PVP with that input lag is a joke.

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