Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games.

Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn’t outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it.

“You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller,” Spencer said.

This could be similar to what Google Stadia allows via its Chromecast Ultra stick, and it would be ideal for anyone who wants a console-style Xbox experience but doesn’t have the need or the space for a traditional system. Stadia has tried

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

These remarks were part of a conversation around Xbox All Access. Unlike Sony, Microsoft is offering a 24-month payment plan for its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and X. As part of the deal, customers gain access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes a library of downloadable games on PC and Xbox hardware, as well as streamable titles via xCloud. Spencer revealed that the Xbox team has debated internally whether All Access should be pitched as ‘Xbox Game Pass Platinum’ instead. He then talked about a plan that gives you “some kind of hardware guarantee” when new consoles are launched.

“We did that a little bit with Xbox One last year,” he explained. “Where if you got into All Access, you were guaranteed to get front in line when the Series X came out. People didn’t know the name [of the new console] at the time, but yeah.”

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