Today via Twitter, Xbox boss Phil Spencer sent out a tweet to celebrate the Fallout anniversary. The purpose of the tweet was to again celebrate 25 years but to also showcase the Vault Boy. However, it didn’t take people long to point out the oddly shaped Xbox device on the shelf. Windows Central has been covering this device for a while even uncovering its development name Xbox “Keystone”
In the top right of the photo, you can see this dice that can easily be mistaken for a Xbox Series S. Although the Series S is small this piece of hardware does seem a bit smaller. Comparatively, it looks to be the size of the often ridiculed Xbox One Kinect Device.
If this truly is the rumored keystone device there are a few things we know about it, again thanks to the folks over at Windows Central.
- It’s a dedicated streaming device
- Very small in size, smaller than the Series S
- Will be marketed heavily around Xbox Game Pass
- Set to be a much more affordable option compared to consoles on the market today.
It’s easy to say this post by Microsoft’s Gaming CEO was no accident. Microsoft has been very clever with its marketing in recent years, and Phil Spencer’s shelf has been something gamers have seemingly looked forward to examining. With that, it’s not too far-fetched to say that this Xbox “keystone” may not be too far away from launching.
Having as many studios as they have currently, the recent addition of Bethesda, and the potential of the upcoming Activision/Blizzard deal being closed Xbox has positioned itself very well with first-party content. This, of course, is very important to Xbox Game Pass as it will be the driving force behind not only players’ initial buy-in but its what will keep them paying each month.
Xbox “keystone” positioning could be big and more and more dedicated steaming devices are releasing. Although others such as the Logitech G are going a different route being a handheld, “keystone” being a device that still needs a TV could fit the bill for those who still want a cheaper entry price into the Xbox eco-system. Time will tell, until then keep the shelf post coming Phil.