The new Xbox console can arrive in Brazil for R$999

Xbox boss Phil Spencer shed a little more light on the “Keystone” streaming project last month. At the time, he noted that a prototype was being built, but that the final product would likely take “years” to reach the market.

Now, in a new interview on The Verge’s Decoder podcast (via VGC ), Phil Spencer revisits the project. It seems that the prototype actually worked very well, but with the controller it could have been very expensive.

Below is what Phil Spencer had to say – explaining how he thinks the ideal price should be between $99 and $129. No word on the price of the Xbox streaming device specifically at this time.

“The console we built that people see now, the Keystone, cost more than we wanted to build it…”

“With Keystone, [estamos] Still focused on him [e] When we can get the costs right, but when you have an Xbox Series S at $299 and you see a certain price point, you’re obviously going to have a higher Xbox Series X, I think for a streaming-only box to make sense, the price has to be pretty significant.

“… I don’t want to advertise prices specifically, but I think you have to be $129, $99, like somewhere in there to make sense in my opinion that we just weren’t there. We weren’t there with the controller. And I love the effort. The reason I put it on the shelf is because the team rolled up their sleeves and built this thing in nine months. And many of us took it home and put it to work. It worked really, really well. “

“…when it’s on, it looks like an Xbox, the interface, everything works, but some of the silicon choices we made when designing it just didn’t allow us to set the price point that we wanted. hit.”

Keystone’s original plan was to build an Xbox Cloud Gaming device that could “connect to any TV or monitor without the need for a console,” and Microsoft is clearly still very interested in the concept. However, the “decision to leave” prototype design suggests that we still have a long way to go before it finally hits the market.

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