Xbox Keystone, Microsoft’s cloud gaming console, is “years away”

Fans of cloud gaming might come crashing back to earth following the news from CEO of Microsoft Gaming Phil Spencer that Microsoft has shelved plans for an Xbox streaming stick.

The long-discussed Xbox streaming stickcodenamed Keystone, is no longer a viable option from either a production and utility standpoint, “It was more expensive than we wanted it to be when we actually built it out with the hardware that we had inside,” Spencer told The Verge (opens in new tab). He cited the broader impact of the cost-of-living crisis on consumer habits as one of the deciding factors behind Keystone’s indefinite hiatus – which makes sense, especially as we brace ourselves for the possible Xbox price hikes coming in the new year.

However, those who were looking forward to the cloud-only device aren’t going to be left out in the cold this winter. There are plenty of alternatives that won’t cost you (or Microsoft) the earth.

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