Project Keystone is Microsoft’s Affordable Xbox Cloud Gaming Streaming Stick

Microsoft has confirmed that it is working on an affordable streaming device capable of streaming Xbox games through the cloud.

Windows Central reports that it received confirmation from Microsoft that its streaming dongle – codenamed ‘Project Keystone’ – is meant to be an easy and affordable option for people that want to play and access games on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

“Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, anywhere they want,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Windows Central. “As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game-streaming device, codename Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.”

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Microsoft also told Windows Central that it has decided to “pivot away” from its current iteration of Project Keystone and will “take [its] learnings and refocus [its] efforts on a new approach that will allow [it] to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world.”

This is not the first time rumors of a streaming stick that offers Xbox Cloud Gaming have been thrown out the window. Last year Xbox signaled that it wants to build a global ecosystem that would allow as many people to experience Xbox on devices such as smart TVs and streaming sticks but said its hardware would remain the flagship experience.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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