Microsoft teases Xbox TV app and a cloud streaming stick

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  • Microsoft will bring Xbox Game Pass service to TVs, through its xCloud streaming technology.
  • The company, along with global TV manufacturers, will embed the Game Pass experience directly into internet-connected TVs.
  • A cloud streaming stick is also in development, and it will allow gamers to play their favorite games, without having a console.
  • No official release dates have been made public by Microsoft for either of the two projects, so far.
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If, by any chance, you were wondering what Microsoft is working on, apart from the next operating system, you’re in luck, because we have some great news for you.

Know that Microsoft is teaming up with with TV manufacturers, in order to make an Xbox app compatible with Smart TVs.

We will get a new Xbox app for for Smart TVs

The tech company is planning to bring the more than popular Xbox Game Pass service to TVs, through its xCloud streaming technology.

This initiative will be opening up even more ways to get access to your favorite Xbox games, and it will be available as both a TV app and with Microsoft’s own dedicated streaming stick.

The chief of gaming experiences and platforms at Microsoft, Liz Hamren, said:

We’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into internet-connected TVs so all you’ll need to play is a controller.

With all this being said, Microsoft still hasn’t revealed exactly when this Xbox app will be available on TVs, or disclosed what manufacturers will provide their devices.

The Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, had previously mentioned an Xbox app for TVs late last year, also adding that, even if its in the works, it won’t be available to soon.

Microsoft also working on a streaming stick

The Redmond company also announced that it is working on its very own streaming devices, so cloud gaming will reach more and more gamers, on any TV or monitor, thus eliminating the need for a console.

So, what this means is that Microsoft will release a more low-cost streaming device, similar to Chromecast, that will allow gamers everywhere to stream Xbox games directly from the cloud.

We’re also developing standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience.

As in the case of the TV app, the tech giant did not specify a certain release date, or pricing options forthe Xbox streaming devices.

Nobody has any idea what they will even look like, so we will just have to endure and wait for some official details, or some leaks.

For now though, we know that Microsoft will be focusing on games at its E3 showcase on Sunday June 13th, so it’s unlikely we’ll know more until the devices are actually ready to ship.

Are you excited about these new additions to the Xbox universe? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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