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Xbox streaming is coming to TVs and streaming devices, alongside new consoles

Microsoft to bring ‘at least one’ first-party game to Game Pass every quarter

Xbox Game Pass is picking up speed, Microsoft says, pledging to bring at least one new first-party game to the subscription service every quarter from its 23 studios.

Xbox Series X won’t be Microsoft’s final traditional console. Xbox corporate VP of gaming experiences and platforms Liz Hamren revealed Thursday that the company is hard at work on both the next round of traditional gaming hardware and stand-alone streaming devices.

“Cloud is key to our hardware and Game Pass roadmaps,” said Hamren in Microsoft’s pre-recorded E3 2021 panel. “But no one should think we’re slowing down on our core console engineering. In fact, we’re accelerating it. We’re already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won’t come to light for years. […] We’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into internet-connected TVs, so all you’ll need to play is a controller. Beyond that, we’re also developing stand-alone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection you can stream your Xbox experience.”

Xbox leadership took a moment ahead of E3 2021 to talk about everything but their upcoming video games. The hour-long presentation, titled “What’s Next for Gaming,” featured a parade of Microsoft and Xbox executives detailing their initiatives involving accessibility, diversity, and policing online toxicity. Much of the panel was recapping old information and strategy.

Game Builder Garage, out June 11 for Nintendo Switch, teaches you how to build video games. The great news is that the tech works exactly how you’d want. Unfortunately, Bob the blue dot and his extremely lengthy tutorials are so rigid that it can be hard to feel creative.

Alongside the news of new hardware, the presentation revealed Game Pass will be available on iPhone and web browsers to all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in the coming weeks, affirming Microsoft’s two-pronged approach with hardware and cloud gaming.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s coolest gun weaponizes PlayStation cameos

The RYNO 8 is the latest in a long line of RYNO guns. But rather than just make very big explosions, the RYNO 8 can drop interdimensional weapons from the sky screaming onto the planet below. But some of these items are actually Easter eggs from other PlayStation properties