Microsoft would launch an Xbox Streaming Stick

Microsoft may be on the verge of solving the game console shortage problem by removing the need to buy one to play Xbox games.

As GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb reports, Microsoft is believed to be working on an Xbox streaming device, which would provide access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming service and hundreds of console games. As this is purely a streaming device, a stick or puck-like device should bear the Xbox branding. However, if you have a Samsung Smart TV, the feature will be offered in an app that saves you from having to purchase a separate device.

Removing the need to buy an expensive games console might seem like a step backwards, but Microsoft has opted for subscription gaming and streaming this generation. Hardware is considered less important than it once was, and Xbox Games Pass Ultimate seems to be the future as far as Microsoft is concerned.

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As of now, an Xbox-branded streaming device has yet to be officially confirmed, but Grubb believes Microsoft plans to launch it within the next 12 months. Combined with the expected Xbox Game Pass family plan, Microsoft could end up with multiple Xbox streaming sticks in some homes next year.

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