Phil Spencer says Keystone was put on ice because it was ‘more expensive than we wanted it to be’

  • November 16, 2022

It looks like the only place we’re going to see Xbox’s console-less game streaming device is on Phil Spencer’s shelf. In an interview on The Verge’s Decoder podcast (opens in new tab), the Microsoft Gaming CEO gave a status update on Keystone, the codename for an Xbox game-streaming device, and explained why the company doesn’t plan on rolling it out any time soon.

Spencer told the Verge that Keystone was “more expensive than we wanted it to be when we actually built it out with the hardware that we had inside.” Despite never officially announcing the device, the company shifted its focus away from Keystone to get Xbox Cloud Gaming working on Samsung TVs (opens in new tab) and other devices like the Logitech G Cloud (opens in new tab).

I got a chance to try out the Xbox Cloud Gaming (opens in new tab) via the Xbox App on a new Samsung TV a few months ago and was shocked at how well the games ran.