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Microsoft’s Xbox Streaming Stick and TV App Less Than 12 Months Away — Again

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In November 2020, Microsoft gaming CEO Phil Spencer revealed that you will likely be able to stream Xbox games to your TV “in the next 12 months”. And in June 2021, the company confirmed it would soon be offering both a smart TV app and an Xbox streaming stick to make it possible.

But it’s been 11 months since “soon” and 17 months since Spencer suggested it would be 12 months. And now, both VentureBeat‘s Jeff Grubb and The edge‘s own Tom Warren report that the wait is not over yet.

Grubb is now saying we can expect the Xbox puck “in the next 12 months,” which I’ll remind you that it’s the exact same phrase Spencer uttered 17 months ago, alongside the words, “I don’t think anything will tell us about it.” will hold back from doing that.” (I’ll also remind you that Microsoft has been developing a similar product for the past decade, but canceled it before a scheduled E3 2016 debut.)

But both my colleague Tom – a man who doesn’t quite understand the meaning of the word “vacation” – and Grubb have good reason to believe that Microsoft is serious this time around. They both mention a so-called “Xbox Everywhere” initiative within Microsoft, and they point to how Microsoft just Fortnite free to play on any iPhone or Android handset or PC as a signal that the initiative has legs.

we, at The edge, spilled quite a bit of ink about how well-positioned Microsoft is with cloud gaming and how its Xbox Game Pass subscription service is the true next-gen Xbox, especially now that it buys Activision Blizzard and becomes one of the largest game companies in the world.

Cloud gaming has a lot to prove, but when you can just slap a controller on a phone and call it a portable Xbox or load it onto a machine like the Steam Deck, it’s hard not to see the potential.

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