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Xbox smart TV streaming app could come in 2021, says Xbox head Phil Spencer

xCloud, straight to your TV.

An Xbox smart TV streaming app could be available as early as next year, Xbox head Phil Spencer has declared.

Speaking with The Verge, Spencer said the dedicated TV app could provide a way for gamers to enjoy Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cloud Streaming — or simply xCloud — on a TV without the need for a console or even a USB dongle.

“I think you’re going to see [an Xbox smart TV app] in the next twelve months,” Spencer said. “I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing that. … What we used to call a TV was a CRT that’s just throwing an image on the back of a piece of glass that I’m looking at. Now, as you said, a TV is really more of a game console stuffed behind a screen that has an app platform and a Bluetooth stack and a streaming capability.”

Related: Australia joins the xCloud Preview Program on 18 November

“Is it really a TV anymore, or is it just the form and function of the devices that we used to have around our TV, consolidated into the one big screen that I’m looking at,” Spencer continued.

In terms of xCloud delivery, Microsoft is also exploring a USB dongle or a browser-based delivery service. Despite this, no actual streaming delivery services have been announced. At present the only way to use xCloud is the Xbox Game Streaming app on Android.

At the moment, Australia is in the midst of an xCloud Preview Program. You can sign up for the service (provided you’ve an Android device) right here.

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