Xbox followers have been ready for a glimpse of a brand new, standalone Game Pass streaming gadget referred to as “Keystone” because it was first teased at E3 2021. Now Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer could have simply given it to them in his newest shelfie. It appears like a micro-Xbox Sequence S.
Microsoft has slowly been bringing Xbox Game Pass to an increasing number of gadgets via cloud streaming. First it was telephones. Extra not too long ago it was sure manufacturers of Sensible TVs like Samsung’s. Earlier this 12 months, the corporate confirmed it was engaged on a smaller add-on that folks may purchase to stream video games to any show. It’s referred to as Keystone, and to date Microsoft hasn’t proven what it appears like, probably till as we speak.
“Vault Boy left the shelter and stopped by my workplace to have a good time the #Fallout25 Anniversary,” Spencer tweeted together with a photograph of a bunch of Xbox swag on a shelf. “Congratulations to the @Fallout @Bethesda groups on this main milestone for an iconic franchise.” The Microsoft government has made a behavior out of teasing upcoming reveals within the background of his photos, nevertheless, and it didn’t take followers lengthy to identify a strange-looking white gadget close to the highest:
It appears precisely like an Xbox Sequence S, solely a lot smaller. A mark on the left could possibly be an Xbox image whereas one on the appropriate looks as if a USB port. It appears related in proportion to a Google Chromecast or Valve’s now defunct Steam Hyperlink, although it’s onerous to inform based mostly on the photograph alone. It definitely appears a shade smaller than the Xbox controller simply to its left. Notably, the Sequence S was first revealed on Spencer’s shelf as nicely. A response to Spencer’s tweet by the official Xbox account appears to indicate it might be an older prototype.
Whereas earlier hypothesis was that Xbox’s Game Pass streaming gadget can be a smaller stick-sized dongle, the corporate instructed Home windows Central in Could that it had pivoted to a brand new “strategy” for Keystone. “We have now made the choice to pivot away from the present iteration of the Keystone gadget,” a spokesperson for the corporate stated on the time. “We are going to take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a brand new strategy that can permit us to ship Xbox Cloud Gaming to extra gamers all over the world sooner or later.”
It’s nonetheless not clear precisely what the corporate meant by that, and it’s all the time attainable that Spencer’s photograph as we speak was 1.) not meant to tease something or 2.) was teasing one thing utterly completely different from Keystone. Microsoft has additionally reportedly been engaged on a standalone optical drive attachment for the all-digital variations of its Xbox Sequence X/S. Each appear unlikely.
“It’s in all probability a mistake on my half,” Spencer stated in a Kinda Humorous Video games look in July when describing the easter eggs followers search for on his shelf. He claimed there was no thought behind what seems on it throughout his video calls and different images, and that it was merely a group of gaming business presents and signifiers. The hosts have been lower than satisfied.
Replace: 10/10/22 2:58 p.m. ET: A spokesperson for Microsoft re-iterated that the gadget on Spencer’s shelf is an older prototype and that the corporate’s early assertion that it had pivoted “away” from the present iteration.