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Xbox Keystone is the "new Xbox".  We know the details of the device and its price

Xbox Keystone is the “new Xbox”. We know the details of the device and its price

Microsoft is working on another device codenamed Xbox Keystone. The device was confirmed last month, and now the editors of WindowsCentral have rounded up all the info they got and the details are really interesting.

A few weeks ago, the Xbox Keystone was introduced as Microsoft’s Chromecast alternative, which could make gamers expect a device connected directly to a TV or monitor. However, it will not be similar equipment to TVs – It is said to be the new and smallest console in Microsoft history:

“Keystone is a new Xbox in development that focuses on streaming and cloud services rather than native gameplay and powerful local hardware.”

Jez Corden confirms detailsIn his opinion, the presentation (Author: ElrondGaming from 4chana) is in some way similar to the currently built version of Xbox Keystone. The company will decide on an ordinary USB port, thanks to which we can connect a console or a headset to the console, and the manufacturer will also use Ethernet to improve the connection. The journalist has not yet been able to confirm whether the company has opted for the Wi-Fi 6 module.

“In fact, Keystone’s predictions largely depend on how good the Xbox Game Pass cloud will be when it launches. Currently, Xbox Cloud Gaming games reach a maximum of 1080p 60 fps on PC and 720p 60 fps on mobile devices. For cloud-based devices, you should consider whether Microsoft will eventually target 4K 60 FPS streaming, given that some competitors are already pushing for this solution. Time will tell.”

Under Microsoft’s concept, Xbox Keystone is only focused on cloud-based gameplay, but the company also wants to provide several Netflix and Disney+ apps.

“We know that Xbox Keystone will be powered primarily by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving it access to the full list of Xbox Game Pass games. It includes hundreds of AAA-quality games and smaller indie titles, as well as all games exclusive to Microsoft and Bethesda (and possibly Activision). Blizzard) and EA Play. It’s interesting to be able to see the full-size Xbox Store on the service.”

The journalist also suggests that Xbox Keystone can provide access to purchase games – in this case, we will not install production on the console, and the title will be activated from the cloud all the time. This would be an interesting move because, as you know, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming don’t provide access to all titles.

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According to a WindowsCentral representative, The Xbox Keystone is expected to cost around $99 / £99 to launch – it will be the smallest and cheapest Xbox, but we have to remember that it will run on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (cloud).

The premiere of the equipment was supposed to be planned for 2022, but Microsoft confirmed that it wants to improve the device, and as a result, the equipment may not be available to gamers until next year:

“Microsoft revealed to us that the first version of Keystone was set aside because the company decided to develop a more advanced version before bringing it to market. I was told that Keystone as it works well and is practically ready to go, but Microsoft wanted to develop some uncommon features and capabilities before it was released. In the market. I suspect it has to do with support for multimedia applications and perhaps broader support for digital sales of games not available on Xbox Game Pass, but that’s just speculation.”