In March, a Microsoft archive datamine revealed a mysterious project called ‘Keystone’, which eventually led to a report about Xbox’s plans to release a streaming device next year.
Now, in a statement to Windows Central, Microsoft has officially confirmed that ‘Keystone’ is the game streaming device it’s been working on for the past year:
“Our approach to Xbox cloud gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, the devices they want, anywhere they want. As announced last year, we Working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that can be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.
It has apparently made the “decision to move away” from the current iteration of the device and will regroup with a “new approach” – allowing it to distribute its vision of Xbox cloud gaming around the world:
“As part of any technology journey, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings and ensuring that we are adding value to our customers. We’ve made the decision to skip the current iteration of the Keystone device. Refocus our efforts on the lessons learned and a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox cloud gaming to more gamers around the world in the future. ,
According to Windows Central, the device may eventually run on a “lean” Windows or Xbox operating system. The exact timeline of the device is also unclear, so you shouldn’t expect to see it in the near future.