Microsoft launched a new initiative called Xbox Everywhere yesterday, an ambitious plan for furthering the already ubiquitous gaming brand by allowing gamers to enjoy its growing library of games regardless of where they’re at and/or what devices they own courtesy of developments that include Xbox Cloud Gaming, a streaming service that now counts Epic Games’ immensely popular Fortnite among its catalog. A follow-up report from GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb has revealed that Microsoft will be adding fuel its Xbox Everywhere initiative by introducing a new cloud-gaming stick or puck within the next year that lets users stream games via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s cloud perk, reducing the need for a console or other hardware. Microsoft is also reportedly developing an Xbox streaming app for Samsung’s smart TVs.
In the next 12 months, Microsoft plans to release an Xbox cloud-gaming streaming device. This will likely look like an Amazon First Stick or perhaps a small, Roku-like puck. And like a Roku, the Xbox streaming device will enable you to access movie and TV services in addition to a library of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
If you already have a Samsung smart TV, though, you can maybe skip a separate device entirely. Microsoft is working closely with its partners at Samsung to develop an Xbox game-streaming app for that company’s televisions. That, too, should debut within the next 12 months.