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Xbox Reportedly Launching Cloud-Gaming Streaming Device, Samsung Smart TV App in 'Next 12 Months'

A new report suggests Microsoft is set to ramp up its Xbox Everywhere initiative soon with the release of a cloud-gaming streaming device and TV app.
A new report suggests Microsoft is set to ramp up its Xbox Everywhere initiative soon with the release of a cloud-gaming streaming device and TV app. / Image courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft is planning to ramp up its Xbox Everywhere initiative with the release of a cloud-gaming streaming device and Samsung smart TV app "in the next 12 months," according to a report by GamesBeat.

Following up its move on Thursday to make Fortnite available to play for free via Xbox Cloud Gaming, it appears Microsoft is once again making ground on giving players the ability to stream Xbox games directly to their TVs.

Of course, the story of Microsoft Gaming and these new offerings is that they've been hinted at as having been "in development" and "launching soon" over just about the last two years.

This report, then, would appear to be more of the same, but can still be seen as good news for those holding their breath for the offerings to finally release.

According to GamesBeat, the Xbox cloud-gaming streaming "will likely look like an Amazon Fire Stick or perhaps a small, Roku-like puck," and allow its users to access movie and TV services in addition to a library of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

On the Xbox game-streaming smart TV app side of things, GamesBeat added that Microsoft is "working closely with its partners at Samsung" to develop it.

Ultimately, this all certainly makes sense given the momentum that Microsoft is seemingly looking to capitalize on with its Xbox Everywhere initiative.

"It’s our mission at Xbox to bring the joy and community to gaming by putting players at the center of everything we do," Xbox Cloud Gaming vice president and head of product Catherine Gluckstein said in their May 5 blog post. "We want to empower everyone around the world to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they already own. We call this Xbox Everywhere."