According to a report, Microsoft may launch an Xbox streaming device in the next 12 months. The streaming device is said to allow users to access movies, TV services and a games library through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The report also states that Microsoft is also working with Samsung to develop an Xbox game streaming app for the South Korean company’s TVs. 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-like Puck. As for its functionality, the device allows users to access movies and TV services – like we do with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, for example – along with their games library via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Additionally, Microsoft is said to be working with Samsung to develop an app that will likely give Samsung smart TV users the same level of access as the Xbox streaming device. Both things are scheduled to debut within the next 12 months.
The move is seen as a way to bring 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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