According to a report, Microsoft may launch an Xbox streaming device in the next 12 months. The streaming device is said to give users access to movies, TV services and a library of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The report also says Microsoft is also working with Samsung to develop an Xbox game streaming app for the South Korean company’s televisions. The news comes a few days after Microsoft announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming users can now play Fortnite for free on Android, iOS and Windows devices.
Citing people familiar with the matter, VentureBeat (GamesBeat) reported that the device will likely look like an Amazon Fire TV stick or a Roku-esque puck. In terms of functionality, the device gives users access to movies and TV services – as we do with Amazon Fire TV Stick, for example – along with their library of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Furthermore, Microsoft is said to be working with Samsung to develop an app that will likely give Samsung smart TV users the same access as the Xbox streaming device. Both things would debut within the next 12 months.
The move is seen as a way to get more users into the Xbox ecosystem. It should be noted that Xbox consoles also allow users to download apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and others and allow streaming. Microsoft is working hard to attract more casual gamers.
Recently, the company, along with Epic Games, announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming users can now play Fortnite for free on Android, iOS and Windows devices. The move will also allow users, including PC gamers, to stream Fortnite on internet browsers on their devices, just like Netflix, regardless of hardware specs.
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