It serves no purpose but Microsoft is really coming up with its own streaming console after all. The device has been codenamed Keystone and suddenly surfaced in a photo of Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming. Will this streaming project be as disastrous as the now-defunct Google Stadia? In any case, WANT editor Dennis Mons does not see the gadget’s usefulness.
Obviously, streaming is actually the future of gaming. Microsoft is a forerunner in this regard, offering gamers access to games on Game Pass without having an Xbox or even a PC in the house. All you need is a device that supports Cloud Gaming. But here’s the thing: There are many of those.
What possesses Microsoft with the Keystone?
What is beyond my comprehension is what Microsoft actually wants to achieve with the Keystone? There is absolutely no need to come up with hardware that supports streaming, as there are already too many of them.
And let’s also be honest: releasing hardware for a streaming gaming service can even turn out rather badly. For example, Google Stadia went down the drain this month. It won’t go that far for Microsoft, but then again.
Microsoft is taking on other formidable competitors with Keystone anyway, who have already taken their place in the market. You can also play fine Xbox games on the Nvidia Shield or iPad and iPhone, for example.
Indeed; with ease you connect your Xbox controller to those. Or you may even choose not to hook up a device to the TV at all since newer Samsung TVs have an Xbox Cloud Gaming app.
Who still needs an Xbox Series? (Image: Samsung)
What on earth is the company going to do?
So, in my opinion, the tech giant is coming out with a pretty useless device. Microsoft, however, thinks very differently. In a statement, it announced that it was working on Keystone, but had flipped the project.
In any case, what the new direction of the gadget will be, the company would not reveal.
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Either way, the Keynote looks (for now) like a little Xbox Series S. But what game changing (lol) features the little machine will get, we won’t see until next year.
What do you guys think: is there still room for a device like Keystone? Or will it already be useless and obsolete by the time it comes out?