In news that could weigh heavily on the future success of the Apple TV, Microsoft has confirmed that it’s working to bring to market an affordable streaming device that lets users play Xbox games without the need for a full console. will allow.
It has been suggested for years that Microsoft wants to make gaming accessible to more people by removing the need to invest in an expensive console. The Xbox cloud gaming platform, which works across multiple devices including the iPhone and iPad, is the company’s software-based answer to that challenge, but it looks like Microsoft isn’t stopping there.
talk to windows centerMicrosoft revealed that it is actively working on new Xbox hardware. Codenamed “Keystone,” the streaming device sounds similar to Chromecast and Google Stadia, in that it will connect via HDMI to any TV or monitor, giving users access to Google’s vast catalog of games. Microsoft, as well as any other streaming content host you choose.
The company didn’t provide further details about the dongle or a possible release date, but said it recently decided to “move away” from its original vision for the device, which would allow it to “deliver Xbox cloud gaming”. Will give For more players from all over the world in the future.
With access to triple-A console games, Microsoft’s device will double as a set-top box where users can access popular streaming services as well as the company’s own media apps, such as Microsoft Movies and TV.
Apple was once working on a low-cost ‘Apple TV’ dongle, but those plans have since been abandoned. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is now planning to release a new version of the Apple TV in the second half of 2022. Kuo believes the new Apple TV will have a better cost structure, which suggests a lower price point than the current Apple TV (starting at $179) that is more competitive with other streaming media players.
Whatever the next iteration of the Apple TV looks like, Apple Arcade, Apple’s subscription-based gaming platform, will have a tough time competing with Microsoft dongles that play titles like Fortnite, Halo, Need for Speed, The Sims and many other popular Xbox games. can stream.