It appears like the one place we will see Xbox’s console-less game streaming gadget is on Phil Spencer’s shelf. In an interview on The Verge’s Decoder podcast, the Microsoft Gaming CEO gave a standing update on Keystone, the codename for an Xbox game-streaming gadget, and defined why the corporate would not plan on rolling it out any time quickly.

Spencer informed the Verge that Keystone was “dearer than we needed it to be after we truly constructed it out with the {hardware} that we had inside.” Regardless of by no means formally saying the gadget, the corporate shifted its focus away from Keystone to get Xbox Cloud Gaming engaged on Samsung TVs and different units just like the Logitech G Cloud.

I bought an opportunity to check out the Xbox Cloud Gaming through the Xbox App on a brand new Samsung TV a number of months in the past and was shocked at how properly the video games ran.

When requested what would have been the appropriate value for an Xbox streaming stick, Spencer mentioned it could be “someplace round $129, $99 for that to make sense,” particularly if the plan was to ship a controller with it. 

Spencer defined that with the Xbox Collection S promoting for $299, the value distinction with the Keystone wanted to be important to offer worth for the buyer. Whereas he did not go into what made Keystone so costly, he did say that the “silicon decisions we had been making on the time of designing simply did not allow us to hit the value level that we needed.”

And as for the gadget that was noticed on Phil’s shelf in a tweet a number of months some time again? Seems it was an early prototype of the Keystone, and he stored it as a reminder of the crew’s laborious work.

“The explanation it is on my shelf is as a result of the crew rolled up their sleeves and in 9 months they constructed that factor. A bunch of us took it dwelling and it labored. It labored actually, very well.”

In the identical interview, Phil Spencer additionally commented on the Starfield delay, saying, “the choice to offer the crew the time to construct the game that they really feel they need to be constructing is simply the appropriate factor to do.”