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Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud streaming stick

Microsoft is working with TV producers to make an Xbox app out there on units quickly. The software program large is planning to convey its Xbox Sport Cross service to TVs via its xCloud streaming know-how, opening up extra methods to get entry to Xbox video games. This might be out there as each an app on TVs, and with Microsoft’s own devoted streaming stick.

“We’re working with world TV producers to embed the Sport Cross expertise straight into internet-connected TVs so all you’ll have to play is a controller,” says Liz Hamren, head of gaming experiences and platforms at Microsoft.

Microsoft isn’t saying precisely when this Xbox app might be out there on TVs, nor which producers will bundle it on their units. Xbox chief Phil Spencer previously hinted at an Xbox app for TVs late final yr, noting he expects to “see that within the subsequent 12 months.”

Spencer also hinted at Microsoft’s own Xbox streaming stick final yr, one thing Microsoft now says will seem quickly. “We’re additionally creating standalone streaming units you could plug right into a TV or monitor, so if in case you have a robust web connection, you may stream your Xbox expertise,” reveals Hamren.

Very like the TV app plans, Microsoft isn’t offering any particulars on launch date or pricing for its own Xbox streaming units. We don’t even know what they’ll appear to be. Microsoft revealed these particulars in a particular press briefing forward of its E3 occasion later this week. Microsoft might be specializing in video games at its E3 showcase on Sunday June thirteenth, so it’s unlikely we’ll get any additional particulars till the units are able to ship.

This Xbox Sport Cross growth to TVs is a part of a broader effort by Microsoft to make its subscription service out there past simply telephones and Xbox consoles. Microsoft can also be saying upgrades to its xCloud server blades at present, and the flexibility to access and use xCloud on Xbox consoles later this yr.

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