Fans are concerned that Phil Spencer's pantry is easing the Xbox Game Pass streamingbox

Fans are concerned that Phil Spencer's pantry is easing the Xbox Game Pass streamingbox

Xbox has confirmed that the device on Phil Spencer''s shelf is a keystone antithesis.

"The device on Phil''s shelf was a vintage prototype of Keystone. Earlier this year, we announced that we would transition away from Keystone''s current iteration and are now taking our actions to refocus on a new approach that will allow us to provide Xbox Cloud Gaming to other players around the world in the future. "We have nothing more to share today," a statement said.

Keystone, as the device was subsequently dunked, was a tiny device designed to perform Xbox Game Pass titles on any monitor or TV screen without additional hardware.

Back in May, Xbox confirmed that it was shifting away from the Xbox Game Pass streaming box. It appears that Spencer was merely leaving a humorous nod to the past on his shelf.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/10/22: Phil Spencer''s shelf is at it again. Months before the Xbox boss was discovered, fans have been searching his furnishings for further news, and speculation is looming that Spencer has just revealed Microsoft''s long-in-the-works Xbox Game Pass streaming device on Twitter.

Spencer posted his latest shelf photo earlier today, stating that "Vault Boy left the shelter and was stopped by my office to commemorate the 25th anniversary." Despite the fact that the photo, which is believed to be the focus of the tweet, is still several shelves upward, revealing a mysterious Xbox-branded box that many are speculating to be the Xbox game-streaming box, which was later announced.

Keystone, a low-cost game allowing users to play Xbox Cloud Gaming titles on any TV or monitor, although some believe it was a stick-like dongle, others a box, but whatever it was previously, Microsoft described it as "pivoting away" from the current idea to focus on "a new approach."

Vault Boy left the shelter and was stopped by my office to commemorate the #Fallout25 anniversary. Congratulations to the @Fallout @Bethesda teams on this remarkable milestone for an iconic franchise. pic.twitter.com/hGoN1sAQRK

Keystone''s project has now returned to the spotlight thanks to Spencer''s latest picture. It''s certainly small enough to be a game-streaming box, which is barely wider than the Xbox controller beside it, but it''s also possible to be. And yet, some analysts think it might even be a version of the Xbox Series S external disc drive that was discovered earlier this year.

Given Google''s recent decision to shut down its ill-conceived Stadia service, it may be a wise time to begin promoting a subscription-based game streaming box. For Microsoft''s part, the only follow-up it''s provided on Spencer''s tweet and the mystery shelf object so far came from the official Xbox Twitter account, which said, "Now what did we say about putting old prototypes on your shelf boss"

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