Xbox boss Phil Spencer appeared to reveal the design of Xbox’s upcoming cloud-centric game streaming device in a tweet celebrating Fallout’s 25th anniversary, but a Microsoft spokesperson explained in a tweet to Digital Trends that this is just an old prototype.
“The device on Phil’s shelf was an old Keystone prototype,” the Xbox representative explained. “Earlier this year, we announced that we made the decision to move away from the current iteration of Keystone and are taking our learnings to refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to more gamers around the world in the future. . We have nothing else to share today.”
In the tweet, Spencer congratulated Bethesda and their Fallout team on reaching this milestone and included a picture of their shelf containing some Fallout merch. Spencer’s Followers quickly saw a small white Xbox device never seen before on the top shelf under a large sword. This little piece of technology is the old version of a game streaming device that Microsoft was developing under the name of keystone code.
Vault Boy left the shelter and stopped by my office to celebrate the #Fallout25 Anniversary. Congratulations to the @Fallout @Bethesda teams on this major milestone for an iconic franchise. pic.twitter.com/hGoN1sAQRK
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 10, 2022
Microsoft claimed that Keystone was in development for Windows Center earlier this year, but also mentioned that Xbox decided to “move away from the current iteration” of the device. “We’ve been working on a game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, that could connect to any TV or monitor without the need for a console,” a spokesperson told Windows Central in May 2022. “As part of any travel Technically, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, reviewing our learnings and making sure we are adding value to our customers. We have made the decision to move away from the current iteration of the Keystone device.”
According to Microsoft, the device in Phil Spencer’s photo is what Xbox was planning to release before deciding to “refocus our efforts on a new approach.” It’s no surprise that people thought this was actually going to be what Microsoft released, as Spencer also teased the collaboration. Xbox Series S and Kojima Productions hiding them on their shelf. For now, we’ll just have to wait until Microsoft decides to share more about its new approach.