Stream Xbox games to your TV: Streaming Xbox games to your own television is the next logical step. In an interview with The Verge Microsoft game chief Phil Spencer has announced that within the next year and a year we may see an xCloud app intended for televisions.
Stream Xbox games to your TV
Previously, it was rumored that Microsoft may intend to release a special HDMI stick that is able to stream Xbox games to televisions or monitors. This is done via the game streaming service xCloud. In 2021, we could even expect an app that does that work, so that you would not have to buy extra hardware. An app is already available for Android, but iOS users will have to do without it. Instead, the company is working on support through Apple’s Safari browser. The games can then be streamed via a web application. That work may provide a basis that can also be used for other devices and browsers, including televisions.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has experimented with this. In 2016, the company already intended to release an Xbox intended for streaming, but those plans were canceled at the time. In 2013, the company even showed Halo 4 on a Windows Phone (remember Windows Phone?); the ideas for this have therefore been around for much longer.
The fact that Microsoft is now heavily committed to game streaming does not mean that we will no longer have Xbox consoles in the future. Spencer thinks we can even expect hybrid hardware in the future: your local hardware will then work together with cloud hardware. But before we get that far, game streaming services have to, where xCloud but also Luna and Stages are still experiencing significant growth.