June’s E3 conference 2016 had gamers jumping with anticipation when Microsoft revealed the possible release of an Xbox Streaming Stick which would let Xbox One owners stream their games to another TV and play them using an Xbox controller.
Earlier this year, blogger Brad Sams revealed the possible release of Microsoft’s two Xbox streaming devices on his podcast, which would be about the size of a Chromecast and a larger one which would run a scaled-down version of Windows 10 capable of wirelessly streaming Xbox One games and also running simple UWP apps and games. Along with these, the Xbox Streaming Stick was also stated to be capable of streaming Project Scorpio over your home WiFi, presumably via the Windows 10 Xbox app.
But not all tech speculations translate into actual products, so it should some as little surprise when Microsoft’s Xbox streaming stick never arrived. It was reported that more than 300,000 pre-orders for the appliance were received after E3 2016, before the ‘Project Hobart’ was suddenly canceled or postponed.
‘Hobart’ was the codename for Microsoft’s Xbox Streaming stick, and what the internet does best, speculated that the sudden canning of the project has something to do with the release of Playstation 4 Pro. The actual reason for the scrapped Project Hobart remains unknown and Microsoft is yet to make a comment on the matter. All in all Project Hobart ended up on the same mound as the Microsoft’s Surface Mini, which was a 7-inch tablet powered by the unpopular Windows RT and the Microsoft Band 3.
Project Hobart, if released, would have been priced $99, comparatively with Amazon’s Fire TV Stick costs $32.99, Google’s Chromecast retails for $35, and the new Chromecast Ultra for 4K streaming is $69 the price seems quite steep but considering the gamers owning an Xbox One, may find it more than reasonable. Given the large disparity in rates between similar products, it almost seems like killing off Project Hobart was a smart move. As for Microsoft, they should clearly focus on introducing more cheaper and reasonable Xbox and Windows 10 products.