Xbox boss Phil Spencer hints at xCloud TV streaming sticks and Xbox Game Pass Platinum

By Sean Carey,
In a new interview, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been talking about the future of Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming (formerly known as Project xCloud) and Xbox Game Pass, hinting at potential TV streaming sticks, and an Xbox Game Pass Platinum tier.

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Speaking to Stratechery, (via The Verge) Spencer spoke about the possibility of using TV streaming sticks for xCloud. "I think you're going to see lower-priced hardware as part of our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that somebody might want to just go plug into their TV and go play via xCloud. You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying the controller." As pointed out by The Verge, Microsoft has supposedly dabbled with TV streaming devices in the past. Microsoft allegedly was looking to launch an Xbox streaming stick in 2016, but later cancelled the device.

Spencer also reportedly talks about the possibility of an "Xbox Game Pass Platinum" tier, which would give customers access to new Xbox hardware in a similar way the Xbox All Access subscriptions already do.

Getting Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming onto TVs via a streaming stick would mean that those without a dedicated gaming device would be able to get access to the Xbox Game Pass library, further widening Microsoft's potential customer base.

The Xbox lead continues by confirming previous reports about an iOS browser-based workaround for Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming. In the interview, Spencer says that he thinks the iOS browser solution will be coming in early 2021.

In other Game Pass Cloud Gaming news, Microsoft added touch control support to ten Game Pass titles, including Dead Cells, Slay the Spire, Tell Me Why, and more.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.