Xbox To Launch Console-Free Streaming Service

A game streaming service that doesn't require a console may launch from Microsoft by 2020, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Speaking with Bloomberg, he said the company will "probably" come out with a streaming option for "some types of content in the next three years."

The offering may be similar to PlayStation Now, which offers a catalog of hundreds of games for $20/month. It can be used to stream games to PC or console.

Microsoft has been working on this project for a while. It reportedly trialed the service in 2012 before deciding it was too costly. And in 2013 an early version of the service is said to have been able to stream Halo 4 to PC and Windows Phone.