Microsoft Plans to Release the Xbox Streaming Stick Within the Next Year

Microsoft is planning to release the rumored Xbox Streaming Stick within the next 12 months. The Xbox Streaming Stick will allow users to stream Xbox Game Pass games to your TV without a dedicated console.

The Xbox Streaming Stick aligns with Microsoft’s “Xbox Everywhere” initiative, to get Xbox Cloud Gaming and Xbox Game Pass into as many connected devices as possible. Microsoft is also partnering with Samsung to develop an Xbox Cloud Gaming app for the TV manufacturer. This will allow Samsung TV owners to stream Game Pass titles without a streaming stick.

The Xbox Streaming Stick was initially revealed during E3 2021, but things have been quiet since then. Looks like Microsoft has been quietly ramping and perhaps an announcement is imminent.

[Source: VentureBeat]

Fortnite is Playable Again on Mobile Thanks to Xbox Cloud Gaming

Playing Fortnite on a mobile device has been a real pain, if not impossible since Epic started its legal fight with Apple and Google due to their app store fees. However, things are going to be much easier now, as Epic Games has partnered with Microsoft to get the title onto Xbox Cloud Gaming. Fortnite is officially the first free-to-play title on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Now, anyone who wants to play Fortnite on mobile just needs a Microsoft account, an iOS device or Windows PC, and an internet connection to play via browser. Also, there’s no need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass since Fortnite will remain free-to-play.

I’m not a fan of Fortnite, because I’m a grown-ass man, but it is cool to see Epic and Xbox partner up to bring the game back to mobile.

[Source: Microsoft]

Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Now Live on All Xbox Consoles

Starting today, some lucky Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream games to their console instead of downloading them. This includes streaming Xbox Series X games to your old and crusty Xbox One. Of course, you can also stream games to your Xbox Series X or S, if you want to take them for a spin before downloading them, saving precious storage space.

Microsoft is slow-rolling this out to users globally with more folks getting access in the coming weeks. To help users differentiate, titles that can be streamed will have a “cloud” icon on the Xbox Store.

Of course, quality will vary depending on your internet connection. Also, if you have a data cap, you may want to be wary.

[Source: Microsoft]