Is an Xbox Series X out of your price range? When the Xbox Streaming Stick comes out, you won’t need one

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Within the next 12 months, Xbox Game Pass could be available to stream.

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Microsoft aims to introduce the Xbox Streaming Stick in the next 12 months, allowing you to stream Xbox Game Pass titles to your TV without having to purchase a console.

According to Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat and Tom Warren of The Verge, Microsoft is planning to debut the Xbox Streaming Stick next year as part of its Xbox Everywhere project. The goal of the effort is to broaden Microsoft’s gaming portfolio and bring its Xbox Cloud Gaming platform to new platforms.

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According to Grubb, the streaming stick, which may resemble a circular Roku puck, will allow you to stream movies, TV shows, and the Xbox Game Pass library of games. Microsoft has teamed with Samsung to produce a bespoke Xbox Cloud Gaming programme for the TV manufacturer, according to Grubb. Samsung TV owners will be able to bypass the streaming stick entirely.

The Xbox Streaming Stick made its debut at E3 2021. Microsoft announced that it was working on a native Xbox Game Pass software for smart TVs that would allow users to access Xbox games directly from the cloud without having to purchase either the pricey Xbox Series X or the less expensive Xbox Series S.

At the same time, Microsoft corporate vice president Liz Hamren claimed the company was “creating standalone streaming devices that you can put into a TV or monitor, so you can stream your Xbox experience if you have a strong internet connection.”

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We haven’t heard anything else about the suspected product since, but Warren believes we’ll hear a lot more about Xbox Everywhere, as well as all the new hardware that comes with it, in the coming months.

But it’s important to be cautious. Phil Spencer previously referenced the Xbox TV app in November 2020, stating that it would be available within a year. Given that this plainly did not occur, it may be prudent to temper your expectations. The mention of the Xbox Everywhere initiative this time, on the other hand, suggests that Microsoft is preparing for a complete reveal.

It’s a game-changer

It’s difficult to emphasise how revolutionary an Xbox Streaming Stick could be. An inexpensive device that allows you to stream Xbox Game Pass titles directly to your TV would open up a whole new world of gaming without requiring you to buy an expensive console. Purchase the stick, plug it into an accessible HDMI port on your television, then subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. This is a far lower entrance barrier than the current console-centric procedure.

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There are many reasons to be positive as well. Equivalent TV streaming devices, such as the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick, are quite inexpensive. Manufacturers strive to entice customers by offering a low initial cost.

While existing Xbox customers may not be delighted with the prospect of a streaming stick that provides them nothing new, Microsoft will be hoping to sell the gadget to people who want to play Xbox games but can’t afford the pricey Xbox Series X or the more inexpensive Xbox Series S. Of course, in order to play the games, you’ll need to purchase additional hardware accessories like an Xbox controller.

However, Microsoft’s intention to deploy the Xbox Streaming Stick within the next year seems surprising. Before offering consumers a cheaper option, Microsoft will seek to optimise sales of its Xbox systems, which were first released in 2020. However, as Phil Spencer stated during the stick’s introduction,

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“Consoles and PCs still have a role, and honestly, they always will,” Spencer added. “However, we will be able to give a solid gaming experience to everybody connected to the Internet, even on the most basic, least expensive devices that people already own, thanks to the cloud.”

“And, thanks to the cloud, gamers can have the same Xbox experience as users with local hardware.”

Our list of the greatest Xbox Game Pass titles will help you decide what to play next.

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