Xbox chief Phil Spencer shed more light on the “Keystone” broadcast project last month. At the time, he mentioned how a prototype had been built, but that the finished product would likely take “years” to reach the market.
Now, in a new interview on The Verge’s Decoder podcast (trans VGC), Phil Spencer discussed this project again. Apparently, the prototype did very well, but it would have been very expensive with the console.
Below is part of what Phil Spencer had to say – explaining how he thinks the ideal price should be between $99 and $129. Nothing specifically announced about the price of the Xbox Streaming Device at this time.
“The console we built that people see now, Keystone, was more expensive than we wanted it to be when we built it…”
With Keystone, [estamos] Still focused on it [e] When we can get the costs right, but when you’ve got an Xbox Series S for $299, and you’re going to see some promotional pricing, obviously you’re going to have a higher Xbox Series X, and I think only the streaming box would make sense, the price should matter a lot.
“…I don’t want to announce prices specifically, but I think it should be $129, $99, like somewhere out there for it to make sense in my opinion, that we weren’t there. We weren’t there with the console. And I like This effort. The reason it’s on my shelf is because the team rolled up their sleeves and in nine months they built this thing. And a lot of us took it home and it worked. It worked really, really well.”
“…the thing is, when it’s on, it looks like Xbox, the user interface, everything works, but some of the silicon choices we were making at the time we were designing it didn’t allow us to nail down the price point we wanted to hit.”
Keystone’s original plan was to build an Xbox Cloud Gaming device that could “connect to any TV or monitor without needing a controller,” and Microsoft is clearly still very interested in the concept. However, the “decision to walk away” from the prototype design suggests we still have a long way to go before it finally hits the market.
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