Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming allows gaming without a console

Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming allows gaming without a console. Codenamed “Keystone,” Microsoft confirms that its cloud gaming service’s dongle will allow people to play on any USB-enabled screen. Xbox Games, Anywhere – Once the official Xbox Cloud Gaming releases, Game Pass subscribers will have the joys of playing games anywhere with a screen and an internet connection, no console needed.

Cloud gaming is still very much in its infancy and Microsoft has been there since the early days. But with over 10 million players in 26 countries, the product formerly known as xCloud is clearly doing very well.

Part of that is likely down to the marketing, with Xbox Cloud Gaming built into certain tiers of the Xbox Game Pass subscription plan. Game Pass is extremely good value with day one releases for first-party Xbox titles that also usually includes the cloud. It also brings the latest generation of games and hardware to basically any device, with the recent upgrade to Xbox Series X-based server blades.

The cloud library is constantly growing, too, and those who want to play on mobile devices can now enjoy a range of those titles with custom touch controls. The latest of those is Fortnite, which doesn’t even require an Xbox Game Pass subscription to play, it’s free to all. Nadella re-confirmed Xbox’s intention to add more titles in this vein to Xbox Cloud Gaming in the future. It would be good to see access to the cloud also continue to expand, given its popularity and Microsoft’s prowess in cloud computing.

Microsoft Cloud Gaming’s Confirmed USB Dongle

As reported on Windows Central, there have been hints and leaks about a new USB dongle that will allow gamers to play on the Xbox Cloud Gaming service practically anywhere. And now, the company has come forward to say that, yes, it does intend to go ahead with this plan.

In a statement to the website, a Microsoft spokesperson said the following:

“Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, on the devices they want, anywhere they want. As announced last year, we’ve been working on a game-streaming device, codename Keystone, that could be connected to any TV or monitor without the need for a console.”

Keystone doesn’t have a release date right now, and we don’t even know what operating system the dongle will use. However, given that Microsoft has been working on the dongle for years now, it can’t be too long until Microsoft is ready to reveal its new product to everyone.

Microsoft Continues to Dominate in the Cloud Gaming Scene

It’s no secret that Microsoft has a huge interest in cloud gaming. Combined with its Xbox Game Pass library that’s stuffed to the brim with games, subscribers get a lot of content for very little. And now that an official dongle is in the works, Microsoft is just extending its lead as the best cloud gaming provider in the console wars.

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